Bringing 300 years of northern cavalry heritage to life

A new online interactive virtual tour of Charge! The Story of England’s Northern Cavalry gallery at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum launched in June to mark National Armed Forces Day.

People can remotely navigate the gallery from their own device and delve into 300 years of stories through a mix of imagery and filmed interviews with museum staff and serving soldiers.

The creation of the virtual tour was made possible with the support of The Light Dragoons (based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire). Uniquely, the virtual tour was filmed with gallery curator, Roberta Goldwater and serving members of the Light Dragoons in uniform standing in the gallery space so when people navigate the gallery they will ‘pass’ members of the current regiment.

Colonel of the regiment, The Light Dragoons, Brigadier Angus Watson MBE said: “When the gallery opened in 2017, we were intent on ensuring that it remained fresh and exciting. The opportunity to create this virtual tour meets that aspiration both through including some new material and expanding the reach of the gallery.

“It has been achieved through an excellent partnership with the Discovery Museum and Heritage Interactive, and I congratulate all involved. The Light Dragoons is a regiment which has always been at the leading edge, and the successful delivery of this innovative project demonstrates this characteristic once again.”

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