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  • Household Cavalry Museum
  • Household Cavalry Museum

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An impressive new museum, which would offer visitors a unique ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the operational and ceremonial roles of the Household Cavalry, was the ambitious brief from the Household Cavalry Museum in London.

Following a successful bid for Heritage Lottery Funding, areas of the original eighteenth century stables at Horse Guards were restored and visitors were able to go into this unique building for the first time.

The project involved extensive enabling works, the re-routing of building services, concealed structural strengthening works, the selective demolition of intrusive twentieth century structures and the painstaking repair of brickwork, stonework and an original granite sett stable floor discovered under a later concrete floor slab.

The museum offers the visitor an understanding of the historic setting, the role of the Queen’s Life Guard and the story of the Regiment. A particular highlight is the opportunity to look through a secure glazed screen and watch troopers tending to their horses in the working stables before they go on guard duty.

The venue was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on June 12 2007, an occasion which was marked by a spectacular Pageant on Horse Guards Parade put on by the Household Cavalry Regiment. The project stands as an exemplar of what can be achieved with historic buildings in The Crown Estate.

Key Benefits

  • The restoration enabled the Regimental Museum from Combermere Barracks in Windsor to relocate to the centre of London
  • Enhanced educational facilities for the museum were created
  • Key historic spaces were sensitively restored
  • Improved environmental conditions and conservation of the historic collection were enabled.
 

Project details

Location

Whitehall, London

Client The Household Cavalry Museum Trust

Value £2.2 million

Completed June 2007

Specialist Contact

Giles Pritchard

Specialist Conservation Architect

01962 847801

email giles.pritchard@hants.gov.uk