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Our latest museum exhibition: Stories from The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

The Queens Royal Regiment

A new display 'Soldiers of Surrey: Stories from The Queen's Royal Regiment' by the Surrey Infantry Collection is now open at Guildford Museum.  

The display is located in the 'Trade and Industry' gallery. It features stories of soldiers from our borough and the surrounding areas who served with the regiment.   

Cllr Tom Hunt, Armed Forces Champion, said:  

"Guildford was the home of one of the British Army's oldest infantry regiments: The Queen's Royal Regiment which was formed in 1661 by King Charles II to defend Tangier in Morocco. In 1881, it became the county regiment of West Surrey. In 1959, joined with The East Surrey Regiment it formed The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.  

"Today, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment is the modern successor of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment recruiting soldiers from Surrey and the entire South-East of England." 

Dr Catherine Fabian, Collections Officer, Surrey Infantry Collection, said: 

"We are very excited to announce the new display from the Surrey Infantry Collection. The Council, who own the museum, have been extremely supportive of us since 2015, and we are delighted to continue this relationship with 'Soldiers of Surrey: Stories from The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment'. Our display explores the history of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and its relationship with the town of Guildford. In the first of a series of case studies, our display focuses on Corporal Jesse Peters, who was the Town Crier of Guildford from 1946-1966. We would like to express our thanks to Guildford Heritage Services for generously providing us space to share our regimental stories." 

Lead Councillor for Economy, Cllr John Redpath, said:  

"It is wonderful to work again with our colleagues from Surrey Infantry Collection. They bring us stories of soldiers on the front lines, from the beginning of the British Army right up to the present day.    

"The objects and images on display introduce us to The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment. We can explore stories which connect the Regiment to Guildford and the people who live here. I look forward to seeing this and many more changing displays from the Surrey Infantry Collection at our museum in the future.  There's also a programme of family activities on offer over half term, so pop in to take part." 

Free family activities at our Museum over February half term include: 

Spring Flower Trail - solve the clues to find all the flowers linked to different displays and claim a prize from 12 until 26 February 2022, 12 noon to 4.30pm.  

If the trail is not enough, join our Paper Flower Making Drop-in sessions on Saturday 19 or Friday 25 February, 12 noon to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm. 

Guildford Museum is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 12 noon to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). Free entry. Find out more on our website.


Published on: 18 February 2022