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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:  

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:

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


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Events Calendar

  • Saturday 19th September to Sunday 8th November 2015

    Contemporary British Watercolours
    All Day

    Contemporary British Watercolours

    Three original works from each of twenty-one contemporary artists who use watercolour as part of...

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  • Friday 2nd to Thursday 29th October 2015

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    Shadows Exhibition

    Maidstone Visual Artists Network (MVAN): Shadows Exhibition Friday 2 October to Thursday 29...

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  • Wednesday 7th to Wednesday 7th October 2015

    Musical Merry go round

    Musical Merry Go Round

    Join the team at Maidstone Museum for singing and storytelling activities on the first Wednesday of...

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