The Museum was established in 1956 under the authority of the Regimental Executive Committee with the following mandate:
“to encourage the study of Canadian military history and in particular the history of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, to rescue from oblivion the memories of its members, to obtain and preserve narratives in print, manuscript or otherwise of their travels, adventures, labours and observations, to secure and preserve objects illustrative of the civil, literary and military history of the Regiment, and to maintain a museum and a library.”
The museum’s interest includes First World War CEF Battalions perpetuated by the Queen’s Own Rifles:
- 3rd Battalion
- 83rd Battalion
- 95th Battalion
- 166th Battalion
- 198th Battalion
- 255th Battalion
Permanently housed within Casa Loma, which was built by former Commanding Officer Sir Henry Pellatt, the QOR Museum and Archives will preserve the records, photographs, and artefacts of the Regiment, and present the story of Canada’s oldest continuously serving infantry regiment, its association with Casa Loma, the City of Toronto, and to the public, in a modern and engaging manner.
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum and Archives will be a modern, historical, educational and rewarding experience to “all” who visit Casa Loma, and continue to be known by peers as the best example of a volunteer organized and managed “specialized” museum and archival collection.
- Protection and Preservation of the Colleciton
- Effectively Interpret, Educate and Incorporate Technology
- Capacity and Opportunities for Outreach
- Awareness of the Regiment, the Museum, and the Collections
- Ensure Effective Governance and Management
On 1 June 2017 the Museum Board of Governors adopted a five year strategic plan from 2017-2022. You can read the Strategic Plan here.
Museum Board of Governors
- Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) John Fotheringham, CD (Chair)
- Major (Ret’d) Anthony S. Schultz, CD
- Captain (Ret’d) Adam Hermant, CD
- Mr. Jim Lutz
- Major (Ret’d) John M. Stephens, CD (Curator) Ex-Officio Mail
- CWO (Ret’d) Shaun Kelly, CD (Assistant Curator) Ex-Officio