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1The Queen's Own Hussars Museum was established in the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick in 1966.

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.

To celebrate the Tercentenary of the Regiment, the Museum was redeveloped, and reopened on 8 November 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief.

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 has been further redeveloped in 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.

A small theatre represents an Afrika Korps' Observation post in the closing stages of the Battle of El Alamein. It shows the part played by the 3 rd Hussars at great cost in the breakthrough Operation Supercharge.

The story of the Regiment from 1993 into the 21st Century includes a large screen display of a Challenger 2, showing all the crew and positions.

There is also the main Medal Collection, Reserve Collection and archives for research and enquiry response.

 

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