Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry

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Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry
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You can take a 3D Virtual Tour of this gallery here.

A permanent gallery which brings the 300 year history of England's

Northern Cavalry regiments to life, through fascinating historic

artefacts, and hands-on activities and displays.

Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry unites the collections

of the antecedent regiments of The Light Dragoons and also tells the

continuing story of the Northumberland Hussars since becoming the

Command & Support squadron of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry. Both

regiments, which are formally affiliated to each other, are the only

cavalry divisions today which exclusively recruit from the North of


The permanent exhibition charts the pivotal moments in the colourful

history of these regiments, from the capture of Napoleon’s carriage

at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) to more recent reconnaissance

missions in Bosnia (1993), Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2009), and

honours the vital roles played by those born and bred in the north of


Visitors can experience the journey many soldiers would have taken,

from recruitment and training to front-line duties, and discover

original historic accounts based on material from the collection.

Using objects and artefacts from the regimental collections, the

displays will showcase a selection of military objects and historical

artefacts, including a flag captured from the Battle of Waterloo

(1815), a shako (helmet) worn at the Charge of the Light Brigade

(1854) and a suitcase used for carrying maps at the D-Day landings


Discovery Museum’s ever popular full size war-horse sculpture is

displayed in full ceremonial uniform and other highlights include a

film installation of mounted hussars thundering towards visitors with

swords raised in a cloud of smoke, as though on a 19th century

battlefield and a digital Drill Sergeant barking orders at any willing

new recruits.

Watch this short film examining the 1849 uniform of an officer from

the Newcastle and Northumberland Volunteer Cavalry with North East

historian Dan Jackson.

The gallery has been made possible thanks to money raised by National

Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) who

provided a grant of £422,600 towards the redevelopment and an

associated programme of activities and events.


This gallery includes RE:Charge, a temporary exhibition space. The

programme for this area will be developed in partnership with local

schools and communities including armed services veterans and the

families of serving personnel.

Each special exhibition will provide a different perspective on the

themes and content of Charge! The Story of the Northern Cavalry.

Visitors can also visit the research space where they will have

digital access to the wider regimental collection and photographs, and

other published material. For those who want further access to the

archives an appointment to view them can be made with the Assistant

Curator (Regimental).

To find out more, or to get involved call (0191) 232 6789.

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26th May 2022,
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