Military

Chess set from the military collection

The military collection holds material relating to the Northamptonshire Regiment and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry covering the period 1741-1971.

The Northamptonshire Regimental collection consists of both objects and documentary archives, and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry collection consists of objects with documentary archives available at Northamptonshire Record Office.

Northamptonshire Archives

Both of these collections are supported by a library of reference books and unpublished research and information relating to their history. The Regiment and Yeomanry were deployed across the world, and some of the objects reflect this service with souvenirs and gifts. The collection continues to grow through objects, information or stories that people share or donate.

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Key objects from the collection

The Northamptonshire Regiment

The Regimental Collection consists of objects donated to the Northamptonshire Regimental Museum Trust over many years including medals, weaponry, uniform, musical instruments, issued equipment, souvenirs, art and silverware. Alongside more formal objects there are many personal items donated by individuals which include diaries, personal letters, personal service papers and photographs. Key objects include the colours which were a rallying point for the soldiers. There are also some records prepared by the Regiment such as casualty lists, nominal roles and official photographs. Collectively they tell a comprehensive story of the Regiment and its later history as part of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

The Northamptonshire Yeomanry

The Yeomanry Collection consists of objects donated to the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Regimental Museum Trust over the years which include medals, weaponry, uniform, guidons, issued equipment, souvenirs, art and silverware. Alongside more formal objects there are many personal items donated by individuals which include diaries, letters, service papers and photographs. Collectively they tell the story of the Yeomanry and its later history as part of other Yeomanry Regiments. The Yeomanry are part of the wider development of the Territorial Army.

Where to see the military collection

The history of both the Regiment and Yeomanry is told through objects on display in the permanent Military Galleries at Abington Park Museum.

Military Galleries

Our online military resources include key objects on display in the Military Galleries.

Key objects from the Military Galleries

Military collections are also included in our online resources.

Online resources Abington Park Museum

Find out about the exploits of the Yeomary from their formation in 1794 in our historical timeline.

Northamptonshire Yeomanry historical timeline

Find out about the exploits of the Regiment from their formation in 1741 in our historical timeline.

Northamptonshire Regiment historical timeline

The First World War Conflict and Community project resulted in research into First World War objects from the collection. The results can be helpful for family history or other projects.

Conflict and Community online archive

Research or enquire about the military collection

We welcome access to the collection through research visits, viewings and correspondence.

Research or enquire about the collection