The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is the county regiment of the West Riding of Yorkshire from where it has recruited its soldiers for over 250 years. The regiment was given its name by Queen Victoria following the death of the Great Duke as the regiment most closely tied to his Military Career – he commanded it for 9 years, was its Colonel of the Regiment for 7 years and fought under him at Waterloo.
The museum tells the story of the Regiment’s over 300 years of service . It does so by primarily focusing on the lives and experiences of the soldiers who served in it and the part they played not just in the story of the Regiment but also the nation. It is with this also intimately related to the heritage of the people and communities of the West Riding from whom it drew its soldiers.