New museum at Hever Castle

A group of re-enactors at the KSY

A group of re-enactors at the KSY

Groups with an interest in military history are particularly likely to enjoy the new Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry (KSY) Museum at Hever Castle in Kent.

The museum, which has replaced an existing one in the castle’s keep, tells the story of one of Kent and London’s proudest regiments and is housed in custom-built premises inside the castle grounds.

It has been designed to resemble a military operations tent and is flanked by a Saladin armoured car and a 25-pound field gun.

Inside, attractions include reconstructions of a World War One trench complete with sound effects and the interior of a World War Two Cromwell tank turret, as well as four touch screens telling the fascinating life stories of people who served in the regiment through the ages.

Other exhibits include artefacts such as photographs, diaries, uniforms and equipment dating back to 1797. Visitors will also be able to research ancestors who may have served in the regiment.

Entry to the new military museum is included with the normal admission price to Hever Castle & Gardens, which offers discounted rates of entry for groups. For further information telephone 01732 861701