The Green Howards Museum is a museum telling the 300 year old history of this famous Yorkshire military regiment and is located in Richmond, North Yorkshire. This was my first visit to the museum and was for a very personal and emotional reason.
My husband’s father had been in the Green Howards Regiment during the Second World War and had spent some time in a prisoner of war camp, but this was all the information we had. My husband had, for some time, been keen on finding out more about his father’s time in the army and the ‘missing years’ during his time as a prisoner of war. I therefore decided to pursue this with the help of the wonderful staff ( especially Steve Erskine – Assistant Curator ) at the Green Howards Museum to try and find out more about my father in law. I did this as a surprise for my husband, only letting him know the night before we were due to visit to be given the information.
The Museum is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire. Richmond is wonderful in itself for a day out, with activities and places of interest for all ages. The town boasts beautiful riverside walks, Richmond Castle, The Georgian Theatre Royal, The Station which is a fully restored Victorian railway building housing a cinema, art gallery and lovely eating places. There is a wonderful market square surrounded by Georgian buildings with regular markets. There are great shopping outlets here from high street shops to small independent shops. We found a range of good quality eating places from coffee shops to tearooms to takeaways. Richmond really is a fabulous day out for all the family and is a great day out if you bring your dog as there are some lovely walks in the area.
The Green Howards Museum is located in the centre of Richmond’s market place on Trinity Church Square. We had no trouble parking and we did visit on a Saturday. I believe most of the parking around the market place was short stay of about 2-3 hours so you may need to find a long stay car park if you want to stay all day. The entrance fee to the museum ( at time of writing ) is £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for concessions with under 16’s free of charge. The museum is fully accessible and is dog friendly which is great news for us dog lovers.
The museum is situated inside an old church and has been beautifully converted to hold various treasures such as personal items, uniforms, equipment and medals. There is a well stocked shop where you can buy souvenirs, books, gifts and other related memorabilia. I bought a gorgeous poppy scarf for only £9.99 which I absolutely love.
The museum exhibition space is set over a few floors in the most wonderful modern designed space. Each section has been thoughtfully set out with lots of written information to help the visitor understand what the exhibits mean. The exhibits include a stunning medal room, historic and personal documents, photographs, military memorabilia, artwork, an array of weaponry, uniforms, regimental silver and even furniture. There is so much to look at, that one visit is probably not enough.
The museum has many interesting events on throughout the year and this is updated regularly so it is a good idea to keep checking their website. There are ongoing exhibitions, workshops and related talks that take place frequently throughout the year. School events and workshops figure highly and this is wonderful to see as I think it is important for our younger generation to learn about their national history.
Of great importance to us was the help received from the museum in our quest to find out more about my father in law and his time in the Green Howards. If you have a relative that was part of this regiment and you wish to find out more about them then this is the place to start. We were truly amazed at the information we received about my father in law and my husband was so emotional to finally find out what had exactly happened to his father during the course of World War 2. Of course it was very emotional and, at times upsetting due to the nature of the information, but how wonderful it was to be able to piece together the ‘missing years’.
We have recently joined as Friends of The Green Howards Museum as we plan to visit frequently and this gives us unlimited visits and other benefits. Coupling the museum visit to the lovely town of Richmond is a lovely way to spend a day out and I can highly recommend it.
The museum is open Monday – Saturday 10am-4.30pm and on Sundays in July and August ( 10am-4.30pm ) It is closed in January.
For more information please visit their website at http://www.greenhowards.org.uk
Have you ever visited the museum ? If so, what were your thoughts ? It would be great to hear your opinions.
I hope you have enjoyed this little insight to this wonderful museum that means such a lot to my husband and I.
Until next time dear friends