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Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum

This independent museum has been housed within Maidstone Museum since 1960. It is packed with fascinating, colourful and thought-provoking exhibits. It tells the story of this famous local regiment, beginning with its forebears, the local Militia and the 50th and 97th Foot, and recounting their exploits during the British Army’s many 18th and 19th century campaigns.

It continues with the Royal West Kent’s service in the First World War, their dramatic and harrowing exploits during the Siege of Kohima in the Second World War and ends with their eventual amalgamation with other regiments in 1961.

The fabulous Sutlej Gun and the Museum’s four Victoria Crosses are some of the many treasures on display.

To contact the Regimental Museum, please email your enquiry to: qorwkmuseum@maidstone.gov.uk  

PLEASE NOTE
We have a high volume of genealogical and historical enquiries, which incur costs in both time and resources. We charge a fee of £15 to carry out research on your behalf. If our search successfully locates documents such as a medal index record or service papers we will send you the downloads for no additional fee. Please consider that while all is done to answer enquiries as fully as possible, a successful search cannot be guaranteed, and a refund will not be given. Cheques should be made payable to 'The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum' and sent to:

Giles Guthrie
QORWK Keeper
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
St Faith’s Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1LH

 

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  • Saturday 11th January to Sunday 11th May 2014

    Cinderella Ladybird Book
    All Day

    A Ladybird Childhood

    An exciting exhibition to enthrall both young and old. 'A Ladybird Childhood' will feature the...

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  • Friday 17th January to Friday 9th May 2014

    Little Red Riding Hood
    10:30am-11:30am

    Storytelling Event

    Every Friday during our ladybird exhibition. Find out the stories behind the pictures. Come...

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  • Monday 14th April 2014

    Carfts - Super Power
    10:30am-2:30pm

    Make it Move!

    Learn about different forms of energy, and have a go at making your own form of transport!

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