The Childrens University
The Queen's Own Hussars Museum is a learning destination of The Childrens University.
The Lord Leycester Hospital originated in 1123 as the meeting place of a guild and later the United Guilds of Warwick. In 1540 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leycester, purchased the buildings and obtained a charter from Queen Elizabeth to found a hospice for invalids, old retainers and their wives. Today, up to eight ex-Servicemen and their wives live in modernized, centrally heated flats, and in return give their services towards the running of the Hospital.
The Queen's Own Hussars originated in 1685. 1966 seen the establishment of a Regimental Museum in Warwick.
The lives of a few individuals, for whom there are artifacts and whose lives are well recorded, have been chosen to bring to life one particular event from each era, presented in their social setting. A chronology board relates the regimental and military events to other historical events with special emphasis on those from the local area.
The Early Years displays include Sheriffmuir, the first action in which both the 3rd and the 7th took part. The Wars against the French feature Dettingen, the first battle honour for both; and the story of Thomas Brown, the Gallant Dragoon. The Napoleonic Wars cases highlight the Peninsular Campaign and Waterloo .
The 19th Century and Colonial Wars are illustrated through life-sized tableaux. One is a scene after the battle of Chillianwallah featuring Captain Walter Unett, a Warwickshire man.
The museum seen a redevelopment 2003/4 with the aid of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Warwick King Henry VIII Trust and other funds. Entitled 'Riding into Battle by Horse and Tank', the new displays chart the changeover to modern tank warfare during the 1930s, the period up to the battle of El Alamein and post war highlights.Interpretation and use of archive materials and artefacts relating to the Warwickshire War Horses and Cavalry of the First World War and their successors: the Tank Crews of the Second World War and the present day Queen’s Royal Hussars in their Challenger Tanks.
The activity aims to increase understanding and appreciation of the experiences of men and horses of the Hussars through use of actual archive material and the handling of military artefacts and equipment. Children will employ sensory learning and verbal skills and logical reasoning to solve various challenges.
N.B The Museum is small and is situated up stairs in the magnificent Tudor Guild Hall of the Lord Leycester Hospital. The Hall itself is a Grade I listed building and both space for visitors and access for the disabled is limited. All visits take place on Wednesdays during school holidays and must be pre-booked by prior phone call or email to the Assistant Curator at least one week in advance. Please be sure to discuss any special arrangements which may be necessary for disabled visitors and every effort will be made to accommodate individual needs.