• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

The Hyde Park Bombing

A bomb-scarred Household Cavalry helmet
Hear stories from the survivors of the Hyde Park bombing in this special documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of the attack.

On the morning of 20 July 1982, the IRA bombed the Queen’s Life Guard in an act of terrorism that shocked the world. 

Fifteen mounted soldiers of the Household Cavalry were in Hyde Park on their way to change the guard near Buckingham Palace when a remote-controlled car bomb was detonated, blasting them with nails and other shrapnel.

Four men and seven horses were killed, and many more were injured. Remarkably, some of the soldiers who survived the attack were back on duty just three days later, and horses that suffered terrible injuries lived to old age.

For those who were there, the attack lives with them every day. But their story has never been told. 

Forty years on, award-winning film director Mauricio Gris, a former Household Cavalryman himself, has captured their voices to discover the impact this horrific event had on their lives, on their regiment and on wider British society.

Running order:

6.00pm – Doors open
6.30pm – Screening begins

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