Richmond museum runs Victoria Cross town trail

Children at the Green Howards Museum.

Richmond’s local regimental museum, The Green Howards, has lost its collection of Victoria Crosses and it needs younger visitors to help find them!

As part of its D-Day 80th commemorations, The Green Howards Museum has partnered with local businesses around the town centre to encourage awareness of D-Day amongst younger visitors.

Running up until June 15, the trail tasks children with looking for replica VC medals and photos of the VC in shop window displays as part of the museum town trail.

The letters attached to some of the VCs spell out a very important Green Howards name – and the answer is hidden in the museum’s new D-Day 80 Exhibition. Once they have found the medals and solved the mystery, there’s a reward waiting for all young code crackers.

Head of collections, Zoe Utley said: ‘Part of our mission here at The Green Howards Museum is that of continuing the legacy of the Green Howards’ role in D-Day.

“Including younger children in our outreach activities is really important to us, especially if we can provide education in a fun, relaxed way that benefits children, their adult companions and our local businesses.

“The D-Day VC Town Trail highlights a very important Green Howard who was the only soldier to be awarded the VC on D-Day. We hope that children will gain some understanding of D-Day from both the trail and a visit to the museum.’

The museum’s D-Day Exhibition commemorates the individual stories of some of the 1200 Green Howards who landed on Gold Beach, in Normandy, as part of Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944.

Among those featured is CSM Stan Hollis, the only soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery on D-Day, and Pte Ken Cooke, a 98-year-old Green Howards veteran, who will be in Normandy to commemorate his fellow Green Howards on June 6.

The Green Howards 80th Anniversary D-Day Exhibition at The Green Howards Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

See www.greenhowards.org throughout 2024 for further information on exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops and family-friendly events.