1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry in training, 1914

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Cavalry on the Western Front

In the First World War, the cavalry could no longer deliver the decisive charges it had performed in the past. But it continued to carry out a variety of useful roles that contributed to British success.

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Cap badge, other ranks, 18th Hussars, c1900

18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)

This cavalry unit was raised in 1858, but inherited the traditions of an earlier regiment. It served until 1922, when it merged with the 13th Hussars to form the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own).

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Collar badge, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own), c1962

13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)

This British Army armoured unit was formed in 1922 by merging two hussar regiments. It served with the Royal Armoured Corps until 1992, when it became part of The Light Dragoons.

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Cap badge, 15th/19th Hussars, c1922 

15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars

This armoured unit was formed in 1922 by merging two hussar regiments. It served with the Royal Armoured Corps until 1992, when it became part of The Light Dragoons.

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Cap badge, 15th (The King’s) Hussars, c1900

15th The King's Hussars

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1759. It continued to serve in British Army campaigns until 1922 when it was merged into the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars.

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Cap badge, 19th (Princess of Wales's Own) Hussars, c1896

19th Royal Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own)

This cavalry regiment was raised as an East India Company unit in 1858. It soon transferred to British Army service and existed until 1922, when it was merged into the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars.

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Other ranks' cap badge, 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars, c1900

11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)

This cavalry unit was raised in 1715. It continued in British Army service until 1969, when it merged with the 10th Hussars to form The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own).

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Other ranks cap badge, Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’s Own), c1991

The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)

This armoured regiment was formed in 1969 by merging the 10th Hussars and the 11th Hussars. It served with the British Army until 1992, when it was merged into The King’s Royal Hussars.

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Cap badge, 10th (Prince of Wales’s Own Royal) Hussars, c1896

10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)

Raised in 1715, this later became Britain's first ever hussar regiment. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1969, when it became part of The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own).

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Cap badge, 14th/20th King’s Hussars, 1932

14th/20th King's Hussars

This armoured regiment of the British Army was formed in 1922. It existed until 1992, when it amalgamated with The Royal Hussars to form The King’s Royal Hussars.

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Collar badge, 14th (King's) Hussars, c1900

14th King's Hussars

This British Army cavalry regiment was raised in 1715. It continued in service until 1922, when it amalgamated with the 20th Hussars to form the 14th/20th Hussars.

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Cap badge, 20th Hussars, c1902

20th Hussars

This cavalry regiment was raised as an East India Company unit in 1858. It soon transferred to British Army service and existed until 1922, when it was merged into the 14th/20th Hussars.

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Other ranks' cap badge, Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, c1958

The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars

Formed in 1958 from two existing armoured units, this regiment served with the Royal Armoured Corps until 1993, when it merged into The Queen’s Royal Hussars.

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Call in the Cavalry
Exhibition

25 October 2018 - 9 June 2019

FREE

Call in the Cavalry

From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars.

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Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918
Exhibition

30 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

£6.00

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918

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.

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'This whimsical and gallant soul': Sir Alfred Munnings and the First World War
Talk

4 January 2019, 11.30am

FREE

'This whimsical and gallant soul': Sir Alfred Munnings and the First World War

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.

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Alfred Munnings: Memory, the War Horse and the Canadians in 1918
Talk

9 January 2019, 6.00pm

£15.00

Alfred Munnings: Memory, the War Horse and the Canadians in 1918

Join art historian Dr Jonathan Black and horse-racing journalist and presenter Brough Scott for an evening of discussion on their new book.

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The last cavalry war in Europe
Talk

11 January 2019, 11.30am

FREE

The last cavalry war in Europe

Adam Zamoyski’s talk will focus on the use of cavalry in Eastern Europe in the two years that followed the First World War.

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BSL tour: Alfred Munnings
Tour

19 January 2019, 2.00pm

£10.50

British Sign Language tour: Alfred Munnings

Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of our major exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

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Curator tour: Alfred Munnings
Tour

23 January 2019, 11.00am

£10.50

Curator tour: Alfred Munnings

Join a curator on an hour-long tour of our exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

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Day in the Life: The Household Cavalry
Workshop

2 February 2019, 10.00am

FREE

Day in the Life: The Household Cavalry

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.

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Behind the scenes: British cavalry and the Western Front
Workshop

5 February 2019, 6.00pm

£15.00

Behind the scenes: British cavalry and the Western Front

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.

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Horsing the British Army, 1914-18
Talk

8 February 2019, 11.30am

FREE

Horsing the British Army, 1914-18

Dr Graham Winton will discuss the challenges of supplying and caring for horses during the First World War.

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Curator tour: Alfred Munnings
Tour

14 February 2019, 11.00am

£10.50

Curator tour: Alfred Munnings

Join a curator on an hour-long tour of our exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

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BSL tour: Alfred Munnings
Tour

23 February 2019, 2.00pm

£10.50

British Sign Language tour: Alfred Munnings

Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of our major exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

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