We sent Napoleon's horse Marengo to the Natural History Museum to prepare him for display in Battle gallery. They were tasked with moving his skeleton from its original mount and repositioning him.
Without its hard-working horses, the Army could not have functioned during the First World War. Their contribution included carrying and pulling supplies, ammunition, artillery and even the wounded.
During the First World War, the Army relied on its horses to perform a wide range of jobs. The requisition, transportation and care of these animals was therefore of huge importance.
Soldiers who fought on horseback were known as cavalry. Often dominating the battlefield, they performed a variety of roles, from smashing enemy formations to scouting and reconnoitring.
The main task of the cavalry was to charge and scatter enemy troops. Cavalry charges might win a battle, but with poor leadership they could end in disaster.
Since the 18th century, regiments have kept animals as mascots to work with them, bring luck and strengthen morale.
Animals have always provided companionship to soldiers serving on the front lines.
We sent Napoleon's horse Marengo to the Natural History Museum to prepare him for display in the new galleries.
During the First World War, the Army relied on pigeons to deliver important military information.
Jimson was the beloved mascot of 2nd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. He was 'awarded' medals for service in India and the Boer War.
Horses have played a vital role in supporting soldiers on and off the battlefield. Explore the stories of some of the most incredible horses in British military history.
25 October 2018 - 9 June 2019
From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars.
30 November 2018 - 3 March 2019
Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists. This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.
4 January 2019, 11.30am
Dr Bill Teatheredge of the Munnings Art Museum talks about the extraordinary experiences of Alfred Munnings, both at home and on campaign with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade.
9 January 2019, 6.00pm
Join art historian Dr Jonathan Black and horse-racing journalist and presenter Brough Scott for an evening of discussion on their new book.
19 January 2019, 2.00pm
Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of our major exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.
23 January 2019, 11.00am
Join a curator on an hour-long tour of our exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.
2 February 2019, 10.00am
Discover more about the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the role of horses in the Army in this day of talks, workshops and family activities.
5 February 2019, 6.00pm
Join historian Allan Mallinson and curator Belinda Day for a unique insight into the British cavalry on the Western Front during the First World War.
8 February 2019, 11.30am
Dr Graham Winton will discuss the challenges of supplying and caring for horses during the First World War.
14 February 2019, 11.00am
23 February 2019, 2.00pm
27 February 2019, 11.00am
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