Military museum in Warwick set to reopen this week

The Court House which is home to Warwick Town Council, The Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum and the tourist information centre. Photo by Warwick Town Council
The Court House which is home to Warwick Town Council, The Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum and the tourist information centre. Photo by Warwick Town Council

A military museum in Warwick will be officially reopening its doors for 2017 this week.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum, which is managed through a charitable trust, is located in the basement of The Court House in Jury Street.

Part of an exhibit at the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum in the basement of the Court House in Jury Street.

Part of an exhibit at the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum in the basement of the Court House in Jury Street.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry Cavalry was formed on June 25 1794 for internal defence to counter the threat of invasion, arising from the disturbed condition of affairs in France. The Regiment fought in both World Wars and was amalgamated with the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars in 1956, to become the Queen’s Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry.

Originally the museum was housed at the Regiment’s headquarters in Priory Road, Warwick but in 1967 it moved to Stratford because of cuts.

In 1976 the mayor of Warwick became aware of the need for a permanent home for the museum and set the wheels in motion.

On April 25 1981 the museum officially opened in the basement of the Court House in Jury Street.

The museum was shut for the winter season but will be officially reopened by Warwick mayor Christine Cross on Friday at 11am.

Philip Wilson, museum trustee and archivist, said: “Much work has been done during the past five months by the Friends of The Museum to further enhance and improve the museum and its displays. The museum is run entirely by volunteers. Admission is free but we welcome donations.”

The museum will be open at weekends and on bank holidays until the end of October.

There is alos the option for group visits and private bookings but these must be made through an appointment.

For more information go to: http://www.warwickshire-yeomanry-museum.co.uk