Former Regimental Sergeant Major Mick Holtby has been appointed curator of the new Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum due to open in the Thoresby Courtyard this spring.
Captain Mick Holtby served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and the Oman during a 25-year career with the 17/21st Lancers.
After taking up a retired officer post at the headquarters of The Queen’s Royal Lancers in Grantham, he was involved in setting up the newly amalgamated Lancers’ museum, of which he became curator, and which used to be housed at Belvoir Castle.
Now that collection is being combined with fascinating exhibits from the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry for the new museum at Thoresby, to present a unique collection of arms, uniforms, medals, silver and paintings which illustrate the role the local regiments have played in the great battles of the last three centuries.
Created by The Queen’s Royal Lancers, a cavalry regiment, and The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, which is made up of The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and The South Nottinghamshire Hussars, in partnership with the Stonebridge Trust, the museum will tell the human, social and military history of the regiments as well as the ongoing story of the British Army today.
It is due to open in time for the Spring Bank Holiday.
Mick, also assistant regimental secretary of The Queen’s Royal Lancers, said: “Thoresby is a fantastic venue. We have been very fortunate to work in partnership with the Stonebridge Trust, who have not only provided space in the Thoresby Courtyard for our galleries, but have also contributed funding for the capital costs of the project”.
“The museum provides a great opportunity to bring together three fine collections which normally would be ‘behind the wire’ in regimental collections not normally seen by the public.
“As it will be free to enter, the museum will enable the public to see more of their local history through the eyes of the collection.”