The Queen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

Visit our new exhibition room

** Call To Arms, our new exhibition room marking the First World War Centenary, features a life-size trench you can walk through. Experience and learn about life in the trenches.
** Discover the main actions of the war and the part played by local regiments.

**Share your photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, or family tales passed down from the war, to help build a clear picture of what life on the front - and in wartime Britain - was really like.
**Access information via a touch screen computer to learn about the war and those involved - material you contribute will be added so others can learn from it too.


Heritage Lottery Fund support

Our 'Call to Arms' Project was enabled by a £7000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read all about our project and the HLF in the press release below:

Today, The Queen's Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum has received £7,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project Call to Arms at Thoresby Courtyard, North Nottinghamshire. Awarded through HLF's First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on the important actions of the war and the part played by local regiments during the conflict. It will also enable the Museum to create a new exhibition space in which visitors can experience and learn about life in the trenches.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Nottinghamshire to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who fought and lived through the war. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, as well as family tales passed down, to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and uploaded onto a touch screen computer which visitors can access. The archives will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the First World War.

Commenting on the award, Curator Capt Mick Holtby said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund; this grant will enable the Museum to welcome visitors to a new exhibition space where they can experience and learn about life in the trenches and the First World War"

The exhibition will open on 12 August 2014 and run to 2018, with the emphasis changing each year to reflect key events and the regiments' roles during the conflict.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £15million in projects - large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our new small-grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in Call to Arms to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world."

Notes to editors

About The Queen's Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

The Museum was opened in July 2011 and is a partnership of The Queen's Royal Lancers, The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and The South Notts Hussars. The Museum is free to enter and enables local families and other visitors to the area to learn about their local history through the eyes of the collection.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK. Follow us on twitter @heritagelottery #understandingWW1

Through its First World War: then and now programme, HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019. It will provide grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

To find out how to apply for funding visit If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Capt JM Holtby at QRL& NY Museum on 01623 824222 or