An artist’s impression of one possible display within the Museum of The Queen's Royal Hussars An artist’s impression of one possible display within the Museum of The Queen's Royal Hussars An artist’s impression of one possible display within the Museum of The Queen's Royal Hussars

An artist’s impression of one possible display within the Museum

The History of the Project

The two previous Regimental museums closed in 2017 and are currently being replaced by ‘The Queen’s Royal Hussars Museum – Churchill’s Own’ which will be a fitting display to celebrate the memorable history of all our antecedent Regiments.

In 2016 the Trustees of the Regiment bought a building in Warwick to house the new Museum and its collection. This building has a historical connection with the Regiment – at one stage it housed Regimental Home Headquarters - and has exactly the right space for the displays and the storage of artefacts. It was intended to open the new museum in 2020 but due to some building challenges and now the COVID-19 lockdown, we have had to postpone the opening until further notice.

The Background

The Present. The Past. Until 2017 The Regiment ran two Museums - The Queen’s Own Hussar Museum in Warwick covering the 3H and 7H and The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussar Museum in Eastbourne covering the 4H and 8H. You can revisit both the QOH and QRIH museums here.

  • Both museums had been in place for about 30 years.
  • Both museums had been supported and funded by the Ministry of Defence and were recognised as part of the Regimental system – in place in local communities for education; characterised by interesting and valuable displays; acting as places for research.
  • Both museums were created by individuals from QOH and QRIH marking the contemporary history of the new Regiments (Aden, Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Rhodesia, Germany) and placing them alongside the wonderful and glorious pasts of the 4 predecessor Regiments (3H, 4H, 7H and 8H).

The Future. The time is now right to do the same for the next generation - and with QRH as its focus.

  • QRH has been in existence for nearly 27 years. We need to create a contemporary QRH museum covering all of its operations (Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan), all alongside the same glorious past.
  • By the end of 2017, the Ministry of Defence required us to close one museum and co-locate both museums at one site. We have been working on this goal for the last few years.

The New Museum

The Site.Finding potential sites for the new Museum was not easy. We set essential criteria. We determined that any site must be in a community, not inside a barracks or other access- protected site, within easy reach of our main recruiting area – the West Midlands - and with a likelihood of good visitor numbers. Owing to financial pressure on local councils, we agreed not to rely on council support - they are simply too hard pressed providing their other services.

  • Much research had been done. From 2011 – 2015 we scoured The West Midlands for a good site, looked at many options but saw nothing as good as Trinity Mews, Warwick (as pictured on home page), which was initially offered to us by private sale in late 2015. The Mews complex was built originally as a Glass Works and subsequently the building was used by both the Warwickshire Yeomanry and the TA for most of the last century. 25 years ago, it was used by QOH as their Home Headquarters which gives us a very welcome connection to the building. More recently it has been used as offices by an architect’s firm. The building gives us precisely the floor and storage space we need for our new Museum.
  • The Museum, when complete, will recount our proudest moments across the centuries, celebrating the memories of all who have gone before, including our VC winners and our greatest Hussars – Winston Churchill among them. We intend that all parts of our Museum collection will be drawn together to tell the Regimental story. Importantly, the site will provide for the future because it affords the space to allow us to refresh the displays and reflect on history yet to be made.
  • Above all it will be a place where our own members of the Regiment and the Regimental Association and their families can visit, see all that is of great personal interest and more, look at the artefacts and we hope enjoy re-living moments of their own Regimental lives.