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09/07/07
Opening day for the Household Cavalry Museum
- Horse Guards Parade setting for behind the scenes look at army life and heritage

Opening day for the Household Cavalry Museum. Photo courtesy of the Household Cavalry Museum.LONDON'S newest museum swings open its doors today to the sound of horse hooves and orders barked from beneath shiny, pointy helmets.

The Household Cavalry Museum "is a living museum about real people doing a real job in a unique place and we hope that it will become an established stop-off on the London tourist trail," said John Lange, the museum's director.

The 'living museum' angle is an enticing one, with visitors being allowed to watch real troops do the behind the scenes stuff like feeding horses, in the original 18th century stables, and being able to quiz the soldiers on the rigours of their jobs.

Situated on Horse Guards Parade, between St James Park and Whitehall, the museum is well placed to fulfil Lange’s ambition of earning a spot on the tourist trail and deservedly so, given the access available to visitors.

There are also collections of ceremonial treasures to see and a guide of the two regiments that are based at Horse Guards Parade, the Lifeguards and the Blues and Royals; regiments which guard the monarch on ceremonial duty and take part in normal army operations – some of their number are currently in Afghanistan.

More info, prices, opening times etc. here



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