The Soldier’s Story gallery tells the story of three local regiments; the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Sherwood Foresters and the Derbyshire Yeomanry. All three regiments have served around the world, and have participated in major events in British history, including two World Wars and other conflicts. In addition, the gallery also looks at what life was like in the army, including sport, family and social life. Our displays include a fantastic collection of uniform, medals, weapons and equipment as well as personal items which tell the stories of soldiers from our local regiments.
What can I see?
Take a look at some of our Victoria Crosses – the highest military decoration for bravery. See the Barton trumpet which was used to sound the Charge at Waterloo. Imagine what it was like to use the field kit which was used by Lord Airlie during the Boer War.
What can I do?
Why not try out Guard Duty in the original sentry box which used to be outside Normanton Barracks in Derby? Dress up and handle some of the uniform and equipment used in the Second World War, and try out the interactive world map showing all the places where the British Army has served.
What can I learn?
Explore the life of a soldier from the 1700s to the present day, through uniform, artefacts and personal stories. Find out what it was like to go to war on horseback, on foot and by tank. Discover uniform and equipment from Napoleonic times to the present day including chapkas, shakos and sabretaches.