The Yorkshire Army Museum held separate infantry and cavalry collections, each with their own board of trustees, so told the same story twice rather than making the most of the collections. With Heritage Lottery Fund help a new project board and friends group was set up to combine the collections into a more interactive and family friendly museum. Full time staff were hired to reach out to schools and community, creating a timeline, audio-visual battle experience and a ‘museum on the move’ trailer.
The museum aims to open early 2015 to coincide with the First World War Centenary and Waterloo Bicentenary. It will act as a contact between the Ministry of Defence and the community by bringing the army’s story up to the present day.
Graeme Green, Regimental Secretary, said “It is important not to rush the project and take time to know your collection. It’s tempting to display all the shiny objects but you need to be brave and decide which ones are adding to the story you want to tell and which ones you need to leave out. The key is not overcrowding the exhibitions and leaving plenty of space for schools visits.”
More infrmation is avialable at the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum website.