A NEW military museum that charts the dramatic history of Nottinghamshire army regiments was officially opened by HRH The Princess Alexandra yesterday.
The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum is at Thoresby Courtyard on Thoresby Estate and details the regiments’ involvements in past and present conflicts.
The museum displays an amalgamation of the collections of both the Queen’s Royal Lancers and The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry - which is made up of The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and The South Nottinghamshire Hussars - and includes arms, uniforms, medals, silver and paintings.
HRH Princess Alexandra was greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt. and spent time walking around the museum, admiring the exhibits.
Colonel Tim Richmond, honorary colonel of the South Notts Hussars, vice-Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and a trustee of the museum, said: “It has been lovely to have Her Royal Highness here as Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Honorary Royal Colonel of The Royal Yeomanry.
“She not only officially opened the museum but also met her regiments. It has been a lovely family regimental day.”
Colonel Richmond added that the event had been been a ‘tremendous success’, with over 400 people present.
Princess Alexandra also met members of the board of trustees and representatives from the Friends of the Museum and funding partners.
The trustees have been working in partnership with The Stonebridge Trust, who have not only provided space in the Thoresby Courtyard for the museum’s galleries, but have also contributed funding to the capital costs of the project.
Other funding has come from the Leader Project and the Heritage Lottery Fund.