The Green Howards’ Museum

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)

Green Howard's Museum Leaflet

For further information visit:

Trinity Church Square, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QN

T:01748 826 561

Toby Jug Display at The Bowes Museum

What number links the following: members of a football team, pipers piping or players on each side in cricket? The answer is eleven.  And while none of them were at the Bowes Museum on a recent Friday morning, a rather more illustrious group of eleven men made their presence felt.

 They had not been seen together in daylight at the Museum for a long time, and caused quite a stir when they appeared just outside Café Bowes just after ten o’clock.

 Of course, these were not real people but an exquisite set of eleven Toby Jugs that the museum own. They were produced during WW1 to commemorate some of the renowned political and military figures of that time, such as Lord Kitchener, General Botha and Admiral Jellicoe. Museum staff and a few volunteers were there to create a display of the jugs to link with the Museum’s First World War Commemoration Project, and give a potted history of the Toby Jugs to a reporter from the Teesdale Mercury.

Unpacking the Toby jugsUnpacking the Toby jugs

 The Toby Jugs were unpacked from their storage boxes, and we were quite surprised by their size as some of them are nearly 30cm tall.  Even more amazing was that five of the jugs still had their original certificate of authenticity tucked inside them, showing the makers details and numbers of that model made.

 Having ransacked the Exhibition store room for display materials, and printed out histories of war heavyweights ranging from Lloyd George to Marshal Foch, we placed all eleven Toby Jugs into the cabinet, together with national flags, and labels to identify each national character.

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 Intricate details can be seen on the jugs, with Field Marshal Haig sitting astride a tank, Woodrow Wilson holding a bi-plane and King George V clasping a world globe. The fine detail on all the jugs is amazing and we hope the display shows them all off to maximum effect.

The Toby jugs will remain on display near the entrance to Café Bowes.

Jane Wilson (Volunteer)

Toby jugs on displayToby jugs on display