Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum
Commemorating the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry, Kent Yeomanry,
3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 23rd London Armoured Car Company (Sharpshooters),
4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters),
Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
The Museum was formed in 1966 to preserve the existing property of the regiment, mainly pictures and silver,
at the time of the reduction from a Regiment to a Squadron on the formation of the Royal Yeomanry. It was originally
set up at Squerryes Court (John Warde was serving with the Regiment at the time). In 1985 it was moved to Hever Castle,
into a room at the top of the Keep which had held Lord Astor’s armour collection, where it was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra.
The space there is limited, and the museum collection was growing, so museum rooms have since been set up in the TA Centres at
Croydon (The Alam Halfa Room) and Bexleyheath.
The plan now is for a new museum to be built in the grounds of Hever Castle,
allowing space around it for an armoured car and a 25 Pdr field gun present. We are now at the stage where of applying for
planning consent and once that has been granted, we will launch our appeal for funds (an estimated £100,000).
The Museum has full Accreditation from the MLA. It has received grants from the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant and
South East. It is a member of the Association of Independent Museums and the Kent Museums Group.