On Thursday 1st October 2020, The Gurkha Museum and Brigade of Gurkhas said farewell to Gavin Edgerley-Harris as he retired after 27 years of service to the Museum in Winchester.
Gavin joined the Museum in 1993 and after undertaking several voluntary roles in the shop, archives and collections he was appointed Assistant Curator, later Curator and finally Director, a post he has held for over four years. During his time at the Museum Gavin’s passion for the promotion and education of Gurkha History has been unwavering and he leaves the Museum well placed to build on his and the team’s successes as we look to an exciting future of redevelopment and transformation for our Museum.
The Gurkha Museum is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Daren Bowyer as the new Director of the Gurkha Museum. Daren served as an officer in the Royal Engineers, before embarking on a second career in education and charity leadership. He comes to us from Cumberland Lodge, an educational foundation and residential conference centre in Windsor Great Park, where he was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. He has always had a deep interest in military history and completed a PhD in military ethics under the supervision of the late Richard Holmes
Daren commented: “With a lifelong interest in military history and heritage, I could not be happier than to be appointed Director of The Gurkha Museum Trust and I am touched by the welcome I have received from across the Four Pillars. The Museum has risen admirably to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and, mindful of the big shoes I am filling, I am honoured to have been selected to take it onwards to the next stage of its development.”
The Gurkha Museum ensures the future of Gurkha Heritage by celebrating, honouring and promoting the history and culture of the Gurkha Soldier and their continuing service to Britain. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday and is delighted to welcome visits from Units on a regular basis.