Queen’s Own Royal West Kent

The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum provides a compelling insight into the history of Maidstone’s famous local regiment

Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum

Housed within Maidstone Museum since 1960, the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum charts the long and prestigious history of Maidstone’s local regiment from its foundations in 1756 to its amalgamation in 1961.

Starting with its forebears, the 50th and 97th Regiment of Foot, the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent (QORWK) Regiment was involved in many of the British Army’s campaigns of the 18th and 19th century as well as the First and Second World Wars. During these campaigns, the Regiment gained a good reputation as hardworking and dependable soldiers.

The gallery is full of fascinating, colourful and thought-provoking objects such as the Sutlej Gun and the museum’s four Victoria Crosses. The museum focuses on the stories these objects tell and the people at the heart of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, making it of interest to military history experts, local people, and interested visitors alike.


Regimental family history research can be undertaken by our staff and volunteers for which there is a £15 charge. Research will not be started until payment is received. If our search successfully locates documents such as a medal index record or service papers, we will send you the download for no additional fee. Please consider that while all work is done to answer enquiries as fully as possible, a successful search cannot be guaranteed, and a refund will not be provided.

Due to the high volume of enquiries, please allow up to four weeks for a response to your query. We regret that we are currently unable to process drop-in enquiries without appointments and cannot accept unsolicited object donations.

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