World Horse Appreciation Day

November 16 is World Horse Appreciation Day!

We know you love our noble steeds as much as we do, and World Horse Appreciation Day is the perfect time to recognise and show adoration for these wonderful creatures, our comrades.

It is also  day to honour and respect the sacrifices and contribution these incredible creatures have made throughout our Regimental history.

To help you celebrate, we’ve got:

A special video series episode focusing on Two Chargers (age 12+).

A new range of jigsaws including adult challenges, family friendly puzzles, and early years options:

And you can listen out to hear us on British Forces Broadcasting Services radio show this afternoon!
The global reaching ‘Big Show’ with Jo Theoenes between 1600-1900 UKT: https://radio.bfbs.com/stations/bfbs-uk/schedule

Household Cavalry Museum video series

It’s time to see our treasures as you’ve never seen them before:

Click here for our You Tube Channel Household Cavalry Museum video series playlist.

Hot on the trail of our weekly series of podcasts, Regimental Historian, Christopher Joll, formerly of The Life Guards, offers up a fascinating behind the scenes look at some of the fabulous pieces in the Regiment’s Collection.

 

Large print accompaniment texts can be downloaded here:

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.01

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.02

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.03

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.04

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.05

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.06

Household Cavalry Museum – video series – large print text – episode 1.07

Regimental Historian YouTube channel

We’re thrilled to  share  with  you Household Cavalry Regimental Historian Christopher Joll’s new  YouTube channel. Adding visuals to his wildly popular podcast  Not a Lot of People Know This  as well as his new series  Spoils of War, this entertaining and fascinating channel is totally free and not to be missed.

 

Click here for the link and starting watching now.

 


VE Day 75

Victory in Europe Day

On 8 May 1945 church bells rang and people cheered to share their joy- a national day of celebration for the end of the Second World War.

In 2020 instead of commemorating this joyous day with street parties and parades as planned, the world is in lock-down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This important moment will not go unacknowledged however, and for many this time of reflection and gratitude will be all the more poignant due to our temporary seeming loss of liberty. A small price to pay for the safety of our loved ones and to protect the NHS.

No matter how we each choose to commemorate the moment, we all join the world in thanking those who came before us; those who made possible the freedoms we currently miss so much.
To them we say thank you. To each other we say We’ll Meet Again.

There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy and acknowledge commemorations today. Once you’ve finished all our activities (and the 50hrs+ of swashbuckling audio adventures from our Regimental Historian Christopher Joll!) why not make the most of:

The National Army Museum’s Virtual VE Day Festival with art activities, classic cooking and amazing music;

The  BBC’s live radio and television coverage of the day (schedule below) which follows last nights wonderful documentary on Dame Vera Lynn featuring testimony from veterans whose lives she touched.

BBC live events scheduled on Friday

10.50am: A service in Westminster

11.00am: A national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence

2.45pm: Extracts from Churchill’s victory speech to the nation will be broadcast

2.55pm: Solo buglers, trumpeters and cornet players are invited to play the Last Post from their homes

3.00pm: The nation are asked to raise a glass in a national toast, saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”

8.00pm: Music special featuring Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins and Beverley Knight, culminating with a national to sing along to wartime classic We’ll Meet Again

9.00pm: The Queen’s pre-recorded address will be broadcast on BBC One.

9.30pm: Spotlights will light up the sky in Portsmouth to recall the experience of blackouts during the war and to remind people “that lighter times will come again”


IMAGE SOURCES: BBC news website

 

Speedicut novels and Desert Island Disaster

It’s armchair adventure time thanks to our Regimental Historian, Christopher Joll.

Enjoy his a one-act play entitled ‘Desert Island Disaster’ and chapter-by-chapter recordings of his first two Speedicut novels: Flashman’s Secret and Love & Other Bloodsports. Over 50 hours of joyful listening entertainment.

Listen to the audio-books here.

History Hit with Dan Snow and Christopher Joll

History lovers will be well aware of the great work of Dan Snow, but did you know that as well as his hugely popular podcast series he also runs History Hit TV, the online video on demand service?

 

This positive Aladdin’s Cave of exciting content has now added a fantastic new episode- with our very own Regimental Historian Christopher Joll:

Loot? Spoils? Artefacts? What to Do with Our Museums

Our museums are full of stuff taken, bought, stolen and gifted from foreign countries. It feels like we face a reckoning. What shall we do with it? I talked to two authors of new books that wrestle with this. Christopher Joll is a former soldier who deals specifically with the spoils of war, while Alice Proctor thinks more generally about all objects and where they are best placed and how best to interpret them.

Watch the TV show  here  or listen to the podcast   here.

Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland interview

Museum Director, Alice Pearson appears in Leaders Council podcast alongside Geoff Hurst.

You can listen to the podcast in full here.

The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today.

Alice Pearson, Director of The Household Cavalry Museum was invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with Geoff Hurst. Host Matthew O’Neill asked both guests a series of questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.
Matthew O’Neill commented, ‘Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour.’

Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland said, ‘I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Matthew O’Neill is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about.’

Not a Lot of People Know This… podcast

A weekly series of podcasts about the Regiments of the Household Cavalry
written and recorded by the Regimental Historian, Christopher Joll, formerly of The Life Guards.

These anecdotes are drawn from Christopher Joll’s recently published books:

The Drum Horse in the Fountain: Tales of the Heroes; Rogues in the Guards

and

Spoils of War: The Treasures, Trophies & Trivia of the British Army

Both books are published by Nine Elms Books and are obtainable from www.nineelmsbooks.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk

Downloads here (text PDF and audio MP3):

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 1 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 1 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 2 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 2 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 3 – audio 

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 3 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 4 – audio 

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 4 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 5 – audio 

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 5 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 6 – audio 

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 6 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 7 – audio 

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 7 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 8 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 8 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 9 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 9 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 10 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 10 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 11 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 11 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 12 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 12 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 13 – audio

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 13 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 14 – video

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 14 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 15 – video

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 15 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 16 – video

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 16 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 17 – video

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 17 – text

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 18 – video

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Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 19 – video

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Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 20 -video

Not a Lot of People Know This – Podcast 20 – text

 

 

 

 

 

CastleTrek Challenge raises £20,000 for charities

CastleTrek have completed their mammoth 480 mile challenge from Windsor Castle to Edinburgh Castle in only 10 days and raised £20,000 for the Household Cavalry Foundation and the Royal British Legion in the process.

See them cross the (rather wet) finishing line here.

Find out more about their epic journey here.

and once you’re rightly impressed, HELP THEM RAISE MORE by donating here.

Thank you.

 

Castle Trek

The Household Cavalry Museum support the Castle Trek challenge!

We’re hugely excited to be supporting the Regiment’s Castle Trek team as they undertake a 446 mile walk from Windsor Castle to Edinburgh Castle over 10 days to raise funds for the Household Cavalry Foundation and the Royal British Legion.

 

From 31 March we will be displaying kit, rations and planning information to help visitors understand what it takes to accomplish such a great achievement.

 

From July we’ll be following their progress from start to finish with an on-site map and on-line social media posts.

 

On 7 August this epic journey will end with the lads crossing the finishing line as part of the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Tickets are available now at https://www.edintattoo.co.uk

For further information please see their website http://castletrek.org.uk through which offers of help and support are also much appreciated.

 

29th July – Windsor to Bletchley (starting at Windsor Castle)

 

30th July – Bletchley to Coleshill

 

31st July – Coleshill to Derby

 

1st August – Derby to Doncaster

 

2nd August – Doncaster to York

 

3rd August – York to Catterick

 

4th August – Catterick to Sunderland

 

5th August – Sunderland to Otterburn

 

6th August – Otterburn to Kelso to Peebles

 

7th August – Peebles to Edinburgh (being at Edinburgh castle for the tattoo)