Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum Trust

The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
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Commemorating the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry, Kent Yeomanry, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 23rd London Armoured Car Company (Sharpshooters), 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
Hever Castle Museum

The Museum was formed in 1966 to preserve the existing property of the regiment, mainly pictures and silver, at the time of the reduction from a Regiment to a Squadron on the formation of the Royal Yeomanry. It was originally set up at Squerryes Court (John Warde was serving with the Regiment at the time). In 1985 it was moved to Hever Castle, into a room at the top of the Keep which had held Lord Astor’s armour collection, where it was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra. The space there is limited, and the museum collection was growing, so museum rooms have since been set up in the TA Centres at Croydon (The Alam Halfa Room) and Bexleyheath.

Venue Type:

Museum

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Opening hours

March to December 1100-1700
The museum is currently closed for redevelopment, and will reopen in September 2015.

Admission charges

Entry is included in the admission price to Hever Castle Limited. See www.hevercastle.co.uk. Discounts will be offered to former and current servicemen and women. No prior booking is needed.

Collection details

Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles
  • Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry
  • Kent Yeomanry
  • 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
  • 23rd London Armoured Car Company (Sharpshooters)
  • 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
  • 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
  • Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
  • Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Artists impression of the new museum

Official opening of new museum

  • 6 September 2015

The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum will march into new, purpose-built facilities next year after reaching its £275,000 fundraising target.

The new museum will act as a living, interactive archive of the Regiment, which was first formed in Kent in 1794, inspiring visitors of all ages with the lives and achievements of the serving Yeoman of Kent and the County of London. The regiment gained distinction in two World Wars, and today has serving squadrons – part of the Reserve Army – in Bexleyheath and Croydon.

It will cover life at war and on the Home Front, with medals, uniforms, militaria, film clips, oral histories, and a WW1 Gallipoli trench experience among the engaging touch screen displays and artefacts set to be on show.

The museum will remain at Hever Castle, relocating from its current location within the castle keep to a new spacious building, camouflaged to resemble a military operations tent, situated in the castle grounds. An exciting programme of outreach activities in schools and the community is planned once the new building opens in summer 2015. The details of this programme will be announced in 2015.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Covered by admission charge to Hever Castle Grounds - see www.hevercastle.co.uk
20% discount for former and current servicemen / women.

Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum Trust
Hever Castle
Hever, Edenbridge
Kent
TN8 7NG
England

Website

www.ksymuseum.org.uk

E-mail

curator@ksymuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01732 865224

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