King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum

The Regimental Gallery of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry is located in the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum on Waterdale.

Please note that the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry museum will temporarily close on 17 January 2020 as we prepare to move to our new site, opening on Waterdale in Spring 2021.

The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum (KOYLI) received £204,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the refurbishment of this re-telling of the story of this famous regiment which was founded in 1757. Generous contributions towards the cost of the project were also received from the Regimental Trustees and the Friends of Doncaster Museums.

Find out more about the Infantry and the regimental museum on the Heritage Doncaster website.

Opening times

  • Currently closed to allow for relocation to new site in Spring 2021.


Please Note:
The KOYLI research service will close to new enquiries on Friday the 28th of February 2020 as part of the museum relocation project. Enquiries will reopen in summer 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience caused - the service will be back up and running as soon as possible.

The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum offers a paid research service looking into soldiers who served in the regiment. These searches will incur charges dependent on the complexity of the enquiry. If you are enquiring about the Museum’s research service, please provide as much information as possible about the individual you are researching including name, service number, battalion number and dates served, if known. Please note it may take up to 4 weeks to investigate and respond to your request. For more information about the service and the research charges, please contact

  • address: Danum Gallery, Library and Museuum, Waterdale, Doncaster.
  • tel: 01302 734293
  • email: 

Please note if you are researching a soldier who served after 1920, their service records are still held by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). You can find out more about making a request on the Government website.

KOYLI Museum Displays

The displays include uniforms, weapons, badges, photos, a model of the Pontefract Barracks, and the roll of honour of the 5th Battalion. Also included is one of the most extensive medal collections in this country. 

A research service is available to customers unable to visit the museum. For details of costs and services, please contact us:


Heritage Doncaster offers volunteering opportunities at the KOYLI Museum.

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Last updated: 04 May 2021 11:18:06