About BMMT

The Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust preserves the heritage of the local military units raised in the historic county of Buckinghamshire in England from the 1500s onwards, including the Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers, Territorials, and Home Guard. The Trust was established in December 1985. 

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Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham is currently closed

Claydon exhibits currently in store

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Old Gaol

MK18 1JX

 

Claydon House

MK18 2EY

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Features & Events

As part of the Centenary Commemoration of the Great War, we at BMMT hosted a number of County wide events, and supported wide and diverse projects, between 2014 and 2018. We are now hosting events for the 80th anniversary of the Second World War, as well as celebrating other aspects of the County’s military past.

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Our Collections

The Trust preserves uniforms, flags, weapons, equipment, documents, paintings, and photographs relating to the amateur military forces raised in Bucks since the 1500s.

Intended mainly for home defence against foreign invasion – from the Spanish Armada to Napoleon and Hitler – these citizen soldiers were just as significant for their high visibility in the local community, involving a far wider section of society in military affairs than the small regular army, which was often out of sight and out of mind serving overseas. The Trust’s collections reflect this dual military and social function.

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Sound & Film

Bucks Yeomanry Guidon Conservation by Katherine Barker BA (Hons) BSc AMA ACR
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Object of the Month

Portrait of Captain Ivor Stewart-Liberty MC, 2/1st Bucks Battalion by William Strang, signed and dated 1917.

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Born in Scotland, William Strang (1859-1921) studied at the Slade School of Art in London. He was known initially for his etchings, prints and illustrations – including for editions of the works of Bunyan, Coleridge and Kipling – before turning to painting. He was President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers from 1919-21, and was elected a Royal Academician Engraver just a month before he died.

Ivor Stewart-Liberty (1887-1952) of The Lee was the nephew and heir of Sir Arthur Lasenby Liberty, founder of the London department store. Stewart-Liberty was educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1913 he married Evelyn, daughter of Canon Constantine Phipps of the Prebendal, Aylesbury. Enlisting as a private in the Queen’s Westminster Rifles in October 1914, after just six weeks Ivor was commissioned into the 2/1st Bucks Battalion, as was his brother-in-law, Charles Phipps. His father-in-law, Canon Phipps was the battalion’s honorary chaplain. After training, the 2/1st Bucks went overseas as part of 184 Brigade in 61st (Second South Midland) Division in May 1916. On 18 July the battalion was committed to the disastrous attack on the ‘Sugar Loaf’ at Fromelles, Ivor commanding ‘D’ Company. Of 20 officers and 322 other ranks who participated, 322 became casualties. Only one man from ‘D’ Company reached the Sugar Loaf. Charles Phipps was killed and Ivor, who was awarded the MC, was severely wounded in his left leg. Ivor lay out in No Man’s Land until rescued after dark by one of Sergeant Joseph Petty, who dragged him back for some five hours before regaining the Bucks trenches, winning the MM as a result. Ivor’s wound became gangrenous and his leg was amputated on 27 July. In the portrait he carries a walking stick. Another of the sons of Canon Phipps died of pneumonia on active service in 1919 while the husband of Evelyn’s sister, Lionel Crouch of the 1/1st Bucks Battalion was killed on the Somme in July 1916. After the war, Ivor became Chairman of Liberty & Co, a Bucks county councillor, a deputy lieutenant, and High Sheriff in 1922.

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