HRH Princess Alexandra officially opens new military museum

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HRH Princess Alexandra approved

HRH Princess Alexandra officially opened the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum on Sunday (6 September 2015).

To celebrate the opening, visitors to the Castle were treated to a military parade, including the regimental band, serving soldiers and old comrades. Families also enjoyed watching demonstrations by World War I re-enactors and hearing Professor Sir Hew Strachan’s talk about Yeomanry in World War I.

Military Parade Castle Forecourt

The new museum replaces the old museum in the castle keep. It tells the story of one of Kent and London’s proudest regiments and is housed in custom-built premises inside the castle grounds. For authenticity, it has been designed to resemble a military operations tent and has a Saladin armoured car and a 25lb field gun on site. The Kent and Sharpshooters (County of London) Yeomanry currently has serving squadrons as part of the Reserve Army in Croydon and Bexleyheath.

Military Museum Interior

Attractions in the museum include reconstructions of a World War I trench, with sound effects, and the interior of a World War II Cromwell tank turret. Four touchscreens tell fascinating life stories of people who served in the regiment through the ages, with video clips and quizzes. Exhibits include original artefacts such as photographs, diaries, uniforms and equipment dating back to 1797, as well as guidons (flags), and medals. Visitors can also research ancestors who may have served in the regiments.

Entry to the new Military Museum is included with the normal admission price to Hever Castle & Gardens. Learn more about the museum here or for more information about the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry please visit www.ksymuseum.org.uk/.

Armed Forces discounts are available at certain times of the year. More information can be found here.

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