The Military Museum at Thoresby has reached another milestone with more than 200,000 visitors since it opened six years ago.
The Queen’s Royal Lancers and The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, opened by HRH Princess Alexandra on Tuesday 26th July 2011, displays the historic collections of The Queen’s Royal Lancers, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the South Nottinghamshire Hussars. The museum tells the human, social and military history of the Regiments, as well as the ongoing story of the British Army today.
In the past year The QRLNY Museum has attracted over 35,000 visitors bringing the total number of visitors to the museum to over 202,000. Constantly updated displays, including a time line for World War One, and extra activities for children, continue to make the museum, which is free to enter, a major attraction within the courtyard at Thoresby Park.
Interest in military matters is especially high in 2017 as the museum commemorates key dates in the First World War, including America entering the war in 1917, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the 75th anniversary of major battles involving local regiments in the Second World War.
Curator Captain Mick Holtby says “This has been another really busy year for us at Thoresby. There is always something new to see so we have been updating information and providing additional features based around these important anniversaries.”
One of the most visited exhibits at the museum is a realistic Great War trench, complete with sound effects, barbed wire and a view over no-man’s land. Staff and volunteers spent months building this section of trench with the kind of materials which would have been available to the British Military on the Western Front.
A unique collection of arms, uniforms, medals, silver and paintings illustrate the role the local regiments have played in the great battles of the last three centuries and continue to play in international conflicts of the present day. As well as celebrating military history, the museum provides a fascinating insight into how the Yeomanry was raised in Nottinghamshire with the help of the great families in the county, such as the Pierreponts, who lived at Thoresby Hall.
In addition to the permanent displays, an education room has been set up for visiting school groups and there is a shop selling a range of military souvenirs including a book which tells the history of the local regiments.
For more information about the The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, visit their website- www.qrlnymuseum.co.uk/
Please Note- The museum closes over the winter months as it is run by volunteers, and so the museums last day open will be 30th November, however, to avoid disappointment, private tours for groups visiting can be arranged. Tours are available on Thursday’s and pre-booking is essential, please call 01623 824222 to book.
The museum will be re-open on 1st March 2018