Royal Lancers & Nottingham Yeomanry Museum at Thoresby

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Our Forthcoming Exhibition

Cavalry Horses In War & Sport

16th to 31st October

Thoresby Courtyard NG22 9EP

  • The museum is open from 1 March to 30 November, Wednesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, from 10.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m. (Last Entry 4.00 p.m)
  • Coronavirus precautions have been applied with distancing measures in place and sanitisers available.

  • For safety reasons some hands-on attractions have been temporarily withdrawn, but there is still plenty to see and enjoy.

The RLNY is a small military museum blessed with an amazingly rich collection of historical artefacts. These illustrate the distinguished service of three cavalry regiments, all with close links to Nottinghamshire, over three centuries of British history. The Museum aims to capture, not only great historical events, but also the personal experiences of the soldiers whose courage and selfless commitment have shaped the modern incarnations of these regiments.

The museum was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra on Tuesday 26th July 2011. Since then over 290,000 visitors have toured this fascinating new display.

Queen's Royal Lancers | RLNY Museum

The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own)

The Royal Lancers are an armoured cavalry regiment in 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. Its famous skull and crossbones Motto (cap badge) is one of the most recognisable in the British Army and represents its motto: ‘Death or Glory’.

The antecedent regiments that now make up The Royal Lancers are:

5th, 9th,12th, 16th, 17th & 21st Lancers, The 9th/12th , 16th/5th, 17th/21st, & The Queen’s Royal Lancers

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Sherwood Rangers | RLNY Museum

The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry

Raised in 1794, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry has served with distinction in many conflicts and in particular the Second World War. An Army Reserves Squadron, it is the only reserves unit with unbroken service in armour since the end of World War Two. It is presently known as A (SRY) Squadron Royal Yeomanry and is based in Nottingham.

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South Notts Hussars | RLNY Museum

The South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry

The South Nottinghamshire Hussars was raised as a volunteer cavalry regiment in 1794 and rerolled as an artillery regiment in 1922, until 307 (SNH Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery went into suspended animation in 2014.

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Become a Volunteer

The RLNY Museum is actively seeking new volunteers. Are you interested in military and social history, or have an interest in the cavalry regiments which we represent?


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You can also support us by becoming a Friend of the Museum. Your support will help ensure the future of our museum.

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Help the Museum

Please consider making a donation to the RLNY Museum, to help us to present the history of these famous regiments to the widest possible audience.


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9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum

In May 2015 the Queen’s Royal Lancers amalgamated with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers to form the Royal Lancers.

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