The Varnum Continentals are pleased to host the Guards Museum (London, England) on Thursday, May 2 at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. This event is one of just eight of the Guard Museum’s events during its U.S. tour (April 25th to May 8th) in conjunction with the American Scottish Foundation. Please join us for this special presentation by Andrew Wallis, Guards Museum Director, featuring rare and interesting artifacts to illustrating an inspiring and memorable lecture (as well as some royal anecdotes…).
The Guards Museum, located close to Buckingham Palace and within Wellington Barracks, is the headquarters of the five regiments of Foot Guards: the Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards. Together with the two regiments of cavalry, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, they comprise Her Majesty’s Household Division. This lecture tour will highlight the proud history of these five iconic regiments, their role and relevance today, the history of the museum, and the challenges it faces in these austere times.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Andrew Wallis took over as director of The Guards Museum in 2005 after a 30 -year career in investment banking. He was a global director of Deutsche Bank specializing in Corporate Real Estate and Client Services. Concurrent with his business career, he was also a volunteer soldier, having joined the Honourable Artillery Company in 1973.
He served for 15 years in the active unit of the regiment, after which he transferred to Lord Mayor’s ceremonial bodyguard, the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers (which he went on to command). He has met most members of the British Royal Family (some several times) and lectures for Cunard on such subjects as Royalty and the Guards. His richly varied experience serving the Sovereign gives him a unique view on Great Britain’s Royal Family and our military heritage.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Veteran’s Aid, a tri-service military charity seeking to help homeless ex-servicemen and women back into society. He is on the board of the Arms and Armour Heritage Trust and the Royal Armouries Trading and Enterprises. He was made a Member of the Most Noble Order of the British Empire (MBE) in January 2015 and an Officer of the Order of Leopold (OL) in July 2015. He has recently been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Bedfordshire (DL).