Last year the Green Howards’ Museum, housed in an old church in Richmond’s market place, underwent a remarkable redevelopment: indeed a transformation.
Earlier this year, volunteers and some staff from other museums were invited to the museum to enjoy the wonderful displays that tell the story of the Green Howards which was established in the seventeenth century as Luttrell’s Regiment. The Green Howards once had its barracks in Richmond but now, no longer a regiment, it is one of three battalions which form the Yorkshire Regiment but that battalion still proudly known as the Green Howards.
The museum’s exhibitions are displayed on three floors; the regiment’s history begins on the top floor and, as we descend, we can follow the wars in which it served, worldwide, over the centuries, until we conclude with the conflict in Afghanistan. This regiment played a crucial role throughout more than three centuries and Richmond rightly is proud to be so closely connected to it.
The museum has a collection of more than 45,000 objects which must have inspired generations of new recruits. After the First World War, soldiers’ relatives donated hundreds of items and in 1922 a regimental museum was created. It was in 1955 that the museum was opened to the general public and in 1973 it moved to its present location in the heart of Richmond.
Volunteers from The Bowes Museum also noticed several documents of interest to The Bowes Museum’s WW1 project which they hope to delve into in the future. A quick check of the museum Roll of Honour material shows that men from Teesdale enlisted and served in the Green Howards during the Great War.
There is so much to see: uniforms from different periods, weapons, many photographs, a whole room displaying more than 3000 medals including eighteen Victoria Crosses and three George crosses. A remarkable room is The Normanby Room containing the beautiful furniture made by Mousey Thompson for the officers’ mess. There, too, are portraits of senior officers and the remarkable collection of regimental silverware.
One could spend a whole day in this museum. It is a moving experience and a visual history lesson of military life and loss during the lifetime of one glorious regiment.
Jo Angell (Volunteer)
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