About the Museum

A comprehensive regimental collection, housed within Maidstone Museum, including the personal effects of a number of distinguished soldiers such as Field Marshal Viscount Hardinge and General Sir Charles Napier. The gallery is full of fascinating, colourful and thought-provoking objects such as the Sutlej Gun and the museum’s four Victoria Crosses. The museum focuses on the stories these objects tell and the people at the heart of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, making it of interest to military history experts, local people, and interested visitors alike.


Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen’s Own), Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 50th (Queen’s Own) Regiment, 50th or The Queen’s Regiment of Foot, 50th (or the Duke of Clarence’s) Regiment of Foot, 50th (or West Kent) Regiment of Foot, 50th Regiment of Foot, 52nd Regiment of Foot, 97th (Earl of Ulster’s) Regiment of Foot, 97th Regiment of Foot, 20th London Regiment, Deptford Volunteers, Loyal Greenwich Water Fencibles, Loyal Greenwich Volunteer Infantry, 3rd Kent Rifle Volunteers. 2nd Volunteer Bn The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 20th (County of London) Bn The London Regiment, 20th London Regiment (The Queen’s Own), 34th (The Queen’s Own, Royal West Kent) Anti Aircraft Battalion Royal Engineers, 34th (The Queen’s Own, Royal West Kent) Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery TA, 569 Searchlight Regiment RA (QORWK) TA, 569 (The Queen’s Own)(M) LAA/SL Regiment RA TA, Q (The Queen’s Own). Battery 265 LAA Regiment RA TA, 6th (Cyclist) Battalion The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, Kent Cyclists Battalion.


Coach Parking
Car Parking
Lecture Room
Disabled Access
Education service

Opening Times

April to October

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Sunday 12pm - 4pm.

November to March

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Sunday closed.



Groups & schools: by appointment


Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, St Faith's Street, Maidstone, ME14 1LH

Tel 01622 602838


Visiting Advice

By road from London leave M20 at J6, from Folkestone leave M20 at J8 then join A20. Trains to Maidstone East station.