Visitors to Newcastle's Discovery Museum now have the chance immerse themselves in a permanent exhibition which tells the 300-year story of The Light Dragoons and the Queen’s Own Yeomanry (Northumberland Hussars).
The exhibition opens on Saturday 21 October.
To celebrate the launch of Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry, the Museum will be commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Balaclava (25 October 1854).
The gallery has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who provided a grant of £422,600 towards the redevelopment and an associated programme of activities and events.
The new exhibition charts the pivotal moments in the colourful history of these regiments, from the capture of Napoleon’s carriage at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) to more recent reconnaissance missions in Bosnia (1993), Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2009), and honours the vital roles played by those born and bred in the north of England.
Visitors will experience the journey many soldiers would have taken, from recruitment and training to front-line duties, and discover original historic accounts based on material from the collection.
Using objects and artefacts from the regimental collections, the displays will showcase a selection of military objects and historical artefacts, including a flag captured from the Battle of Waterloo (1815), a shako (helmet) worn at the Charge of the Light Brigade (1854) and a suitcase used for carrying maps at the D-Day landings (1944).
The Discovery Museum’s ever-popular full-size war-horse sculpture will be displayed in full ceremonial uniform and other highlights include a film installation of mounted hussars thundering towards visitors with swords raised in a cloud of smoke, as though on a 19th-century battlefield and a digital Drill Sergeant barking orders at any willing new recruits.