and higher quality more intimate events are being prioritised. Funds for a new CMS website were found within the existent marketing budget and will prove an invaluable tool to the business in the future. This is supported by some brilliant social media tools - one ‘tweet’ alone in October reached 41,400 people. Do follow us on the below streams. Except for the excellent performance of the Museum’s shop, 2016 continued in the trend of tough trading shown in the last few years, but we’re pleased to report that £25,000 was donated to the Household Cavalry Foundation from the proceeds of the Museum’s 2015/16 trading year.
In 2017 the Museum celebrates its 10th year. A series of anniversary events will champion the regiment’s Skilled Servicemen, Living Legends, and Historic Heroes; one each under four ‘seasons’ highlighting the regiments’ diverse talents. Mimicking the regiments’ dual roles, the seasons are titled: Sport & Horses, Fashion & Art, Music & Literature and Queen & Commonwealth. We hope everyone can find a passion within these subjects. Looking forward, we hope to continue to welcome you and yours to the Museum whenever you can visit - of the near 60,000 visitors January to December 2016, over 1,300 of them were serving
and ex-forces members. As you may know, the Museum is free to all serving and retired members of the Household Cavalry and serving members are also welcome to bring their families free of charge. Keep an eye on our social media feeds and new website for free family activities in the school holidays and discounted ticketed events throughout the 10th anniversary year. Social media streams to follow: Website: www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk Facebook and Twitter: @hcavmuseum Instagram: householdcavalrymuseum
The Household Cavalry Regimental Collection Trust The Windsor Museum and Archive
n reading back over previous Journal entries it does sometimes seem that we say more or less the same things every year! It is, however, true to say that we have had yet another busy and interesting year in the Windsor Museum and Archive, with much done but much still to do before our re-accreditation, which is due in September 2017.
John Lloyd, who has been the mainstay of the Museum for the last eight years, is retiring at the end of 2016 shortly before his 70th Birthday. His will be a hard act to follow but Pete Storer, who has been acting as John’s assistant for the past year, will be starting work full time in the Museum in January 2017. John will continue to provide his superb Regimental history knowledge to tours as a volunteer.
We have also digitised part of the CarrEllison South African war collection (Royals memorabilia). We have recently been granted a further tranche of money which will enable us to organise a rolling programme to continue this important if unglamorous work.
The MODES cataloguing system is now fully operational and all relevant staff and volunteers have been trained in its use. This provides us with an invaluable tool for organising, recording and cataloguing our artefacts and, as importantly, allows us to search for and find items from the Archive relatively easily. We are in the process of ensuring that everything in the Museums, both at Horse Guards and Windsor, is properly catalogued.
There has been something of a hiatus in digitising the documentary archive for the last year, largely due to a shortage of cash. Items already done, which includes most items relating to Waterloo, the First World War and approximately 80 photograph albums (including the whole of the Broom collection and all the glass plate negatives relating to it) are now properly stored and archived.
We have also replaced our antiquated microfiche reader with a new ‘state of the art’ machine which will allow us to improve our research facilities and hopefully increase our income generation in this area. In addition to paid work for outside individuals, both the Regimental Associations call upon the archive regularly for assistance with obituaries and anniversaries, we also answer many queries from old comrades.
The wall display at the Combermere Museum
The new centre display, acquired from the REME Museum
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Our heaviest but most lucrative workload during the year has been in the area of guided tours. During the course of 2016 we have shepherded over 1200 people around the Barracks and the Museum in groups of varying sizes up to 35 persons. These have included members of the Women’s Institute, University of the Third Age, Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers, Fire-fighters, Military Vehicle enthusiasts, Retirement clubs, Theatre groups and friends of the Imperial War Museum. We have also hosted schoolchildren, Agricultural students, Beavers and Army Cadets at a reduced rate and have reintroduced Regimental History sessions for serving soldiers including those on courses at the Education centre and Equestrian centre. During the course of the year, we have taken the Museum ‘on tour’ to Regimental Summer Camp, Eton Fun Day, Windsor Guildhall (twice), The Orders and Medals Research Society show in
The medal display cabinets