"Staffordshire Museum of Yeomanry 1" Stafford Things to Do Tip by zizkov
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The Museum is situated in the top floor of the Ancient High House. I had thought it would provide about ten minutes of browsing, but actually found it a lot more interesting than that.
The Yeomanry itself dates back to 1794, when a troop was raised at the Swan Inn (still standing just along the street) as the Staffordshire Volunteer Cavalry. Two months later it was regimented as the Staffordshire Regiment of Gentlemen and Yeomanry, and by 1803 has expanded to fourteen troops, raised in towns across the county. The aim of these troops was very much to protect the interests of wealthy by suppressing dissent amongst the revolting peasants, or latterly, industrial workers. For much of their early years, though, their main activity seems to have been parading, usefully combining a bit of pageantry and jollity, with a reminder to the common folks not to get uppity.
In 1838 they were named, for Queen Victoria, as the The Queen's Own Royal Regiment of Staffordshire Yeomanry Cavalry. As you might guess, they were very much horse based, and later served as mounted infantry, and hussars, before in 1941, being transferred into the Royal Armoured Corps. As a serious fighting unit, they saw action in the Boer War, WW1 and WW2.
The museum includes the medals, uniforms and weapons you would expect, plus historical documents, and displays relating to the major campaigns, especially those of the Second World War (info to follow in another tip).
See this regiments.org page for a timeline and other info.
Address: The Ancient High House, Greengate St
Directions: Admission free (donations welcomed). Part of the Ancient High House Museum in the main shopping street.
Open Tues-Sat 1000-1600.
Phone: 01785 619131
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