With £2m committed from UK government, the museum will chart the history of the four Corps of the Army Medical Service – the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.
Located on Lloyd George Avenue and Hemingway Road, the museum is said to feature uniforms and insignia, medical, dental and veterinary equipment as well as ambulances. There will also be an extensive archive containing stories of men and women who served in the wars, giving visitors a clear window into what life was like for medics and patients.
Keeping both residents and tourists in mind, the design is said to reflect Cardiff Bay’s heritage as an industrial area. Inside the museum, visitors will be able to enjoy a café, reading room, research facilities and an auditorium that will be open for community use.
A spokesman for Cardiff council said it recognises the significance of bringing a national collection to the city as part of its tourism offer as it “seeks to establish itself as a European capital”.
Construction is reportedly to begin as early as next year, with an expected completion date of around 2020.
A spokesman said:
“The museum aims to tell the story of military medicine and its benefits to the wider public in a modern, immersive and interactive way.
“The museum will not only house a fantastic collection of artefacts, including uniforms and insignia, medical, dental and veterinary equipment and ambulances, but also has an extensive library and archive that records the many stories of those that have served and their achievements.”