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The General Director of the London National Army Museum Visited the MoD Military History Institute and Museum

Szöveg: Captain Melinda Várkonyi |  2018. október 22. 14:32

Mr. Justin Maciejewski DSO MBE, the General Director of the London National Army Museum paid a visit on 16th October to the MoD Military History Institute and Museum, where he held talks with Colonel Dr. Vilmos Kovács, the Commandant of the MoD MHIM about the co-operation opportunities of the two military history museums.

In November 2017, after the preliminary mutual memorandum of understanding, the two institutions already negotiated about the possibility of a Hussar Exhibition planned for this year in London. As a result of the then professional consultations and site survey, the first joint exhibition of the two institutions will open at the end of October this year. The tableaux exhibition will be complemented with works of art as from December, and can be viewed until the spring of 2019 in the London National Army Museum. The exhibition presents the origin of the Hussars, their history and parallels in Hungary and in Great Britain, displaying the changes taking place during the centuries in this class of light cavalry, whose world-conquering carrier started from our homeland, and also showing the Hungarian impacts exerted on the arms and uniforms of the island state’s light cavalry.

And of particular interest, the hussars meant a kind of contact point between the two countries through the so-called regiments ownership system during the century between 1814 and 1914. Thanks to the professional co-operation of the staff members of the two institutions, the mentioned themes are presented with several eye-catching illustrations at the exhibition to open at the end of October. The series of tableaux, commemorating one of the most interesting light cavalry units of the 170 years old Hungarian Defence Forces as a travelling exhibition, will also be exhibited in the regiment’s museums of the still called “Hussar" British units.

At the present meeting, the parties were discussing the production of another exhibition. The presentation of the cold war period was raised, in which concept the Hungarian party would stage her exhibition in England, and the English party in Hungary. The English-language travelling exhibition would take place in the United Kingdom on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Hungary’s accession to NATO.

Photos of Péter Szikits