Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry

Explore the history of England's Northern Cavalry

Coming to Discovery Museum in 2017

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums has secured £422,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry exhibition and associated programme of activities at Discovery Museum. This major new permanent exhibition will replace the current A Soldier's Life gallery and it will open to the public in autumn 2017.

Charge! England's Northern Cavalry will not only unite the collection of the antecedent regiments of the Light Dragoons so that the complete 300 year story can be told for the first time, but will also tell 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 regiments today which exclusively recruit from the North of England.

The new exhibition will chart the pivotal moments in the history of these regiments and explore the vital roles played by those who served in them. Visitors will discover original historic accounts based on material from the collection as well as newly commissioned interviews with serving soldiers or recent veterans. One dramatic exhibit featuring a film installation of mounted hussars will appear to thunder towards the visitor with swords raised in a cloud of smoke, as though on a 19th century battlefield.