We tell the fascinating 300 year-old story of this illustrious regiment using our unique collection; a mix of military artefacts and intensely personal items.
From 'Luttrell's Regiment' formed in the 17th century, to the present day 'Yorkshire Regiment', hundreds of thousands of men have served, fought and died. We aim to tell some of their stories, against a historical context of shifting politics, social change and global conflict.
Our collection of more than 45,000 objects grew from a desire to ensure new recruits were aware of the prestigious past of their unit, by preserving medals, uniforms and memorabilia. In the years following the First World war, the relatives of soldiers donated hundreds of items to the regiment. In 1922 a museum was created, making its home in various locations, including a wooden hut and an old gymnasium!
The museum has been based in the former Trinity Church in the centre of the market place since 1973, and was completely redeveloped during 2014; thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding.
As well as looking after the exhibits in our care, and sharing them with visitors, we also help with family history research, and work extensively with schools and community groups. Our shop stocks a variety of gifts, homeware, books, toys and games - do pop in for a browse, even if you are not going to venture further into the museum itself.