Royal Green Jackets - Rifles Museum

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
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Situated close to the City Centre, and the heart of historic Winchester with its Great Hall and Cathedral, this excellent Museum records, chronologically, graphically and entertainingly, the history of The Royal Green Jackets and its antecedent Regiments from 1741 to the present day.

The Museum houses an outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and medals, including 34 of the Regiment's 59 Victoria Crosses. The exhibition entitled 'With the Rifles to Waterloo' opened to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo is now on permanent display; focused on the Napoleonic Wars the centrepiece of the exhibition is a magnificent, recently cleaned and conserved, diorama measuring 22' x 11' with 30,000 model soldiers and horses, plus an accompanying sound and light commentary telling the story of 18 June 2015.

Other popular visitor attractions include the Victoria Cross Display, 'For Valour', and the Recent History Section covering the history of the Regiment from the formation of The Royal Green Jackets in 1966 through to the year 2000. It tells the story of the Regiment's involvement in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War and in the Balkans. It includes information on 'The Regiment Today'. Among the items on display is the Prisoner of War uniform worn by Sergeant 'Andy McNab' after his capture by the Iraqis in 1991.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm (last admission 4.15 pm.)
Open Sundays 19 June to 18 September

Closed: Sundays and Mondays January, to March inclusive
Closed over Christmas and the New Year 20 December to 4 January inclusive

Visits to the Museum’s archives are by appointment only.

Admission charges

Admission prices

Adults: £4.00
Senior Citizens: £3.75
Students: £3.00
Children: Free

Serving personnel and Friends of the Museum are admitted free.
Members of The Royal Green Jackets Regimental Association are admitted half price.

Getting there

Situated within Peninsula Barracks, close to Winchester City centre the Museum is easy to find. Peninsula Barracks is adjacent to the Great Hall and within 100 metres of the High Street and the West Gate. The Guildhall, the Cathedral and the mainline railway station are all within 10 minutes’ walking distance.

Long term car parking is available in the city centre 15 minutes walk from the museum. There is limited free parking outside the museum itself.

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
There is wheelchair access to the ground floor but no lift and ‘bespoke’ wheelchairs cannot be taken up to the first floor. However, a stair lift provides disabled access to the first floor where there is wheelchair availability.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Sport, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Victoria Cross
  • Diorama of Waterlooo
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Painting showing soldiers on horseback outside rural building

Waterloo 2015 - The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary Exhibition

  • 16 March 2015 — 1 January 2017 *on now

Two of the antecedent regiments of The Royal Green Jackets, the 52nd Light Infantry and the 95th Rifles, played leading parts in the Battle of Waterloo, each with over 1,000 men. Both regiments were awarded the battle honour ‘Waterloo’ in recognition of their courage and achievements on the battlefield. Generations of officers and soldiers in these regiments, The Royal Green Jackets and now The Rifles have since been brought up to revere and take pride in the part played by their predecessors at Waterloo. The battle honour ‘Waterloo’ was emblazoned on the cap badge of The Royal Green Jackets and today adorns the belt badge of The Rifles.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum has a permanent exhibition entitled ‘With the Rifles to Waterloo’ covering the Peninsular War, the ‘Hundred Days’ following Napoleons escape from Elba and the battle of Waterloo itself. The battle is explained in a sound and light commentary on a spectacular and unique 25 square metre model of the battlefield containing 30,000 model soldiers and horses.

The Museum has many other displays illustrating the history of The Royal Green Jackets and regiments that came together to form them but the story of Waterloo is one that is not to be missed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.rgjmuseum.co.uk/wloo15_about.asp

Blood Soaked Fields: Waterloo and the First Day of the Somme compared

  • 28 June — 11 September 2016

Two battles, Waterloo and the Somme, fought in the same area of Europe 100 years apart. The same three nations were the principal combatants although alliances differed as did the experiences of the individual soldier.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults: £4.00
Senior Citizens: £3.75
Students: £3.00
Children under 16: Free

Royal Connections

  • 7 November — 16 December 2016

Details to follow

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults: £4.00
Senior Citizens: £3.75
Students: £3.00
Children under 16: Free

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
RGJ (Rifles) Museum

Winchesters Military Museums 'On Parade'

  • 19 June 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Military band, displays and stalls to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. All of the military museums in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, that is five, are taking part

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

None

Going over the top, 1 July 1916

The Somme - What are we talking about?

  • 21 June — 21 September 2016

Tenth in a series of talks programmed to coincide with the centenary of events during the First World War

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15
Friends of the Museum £12.50

British tanks on the move in the desert

Rifles in the Desert: the War in North Africa 1941

  • 20 September 2016 6:15-9pm

An evening talk in the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Kincaid Gallery starting at 1815.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15
Friends of the Museum £12.50

Bags of mail being sorted at a Field Post Office

Commissariat of Affections: the Army Postal Service in the Great War

  • 22 November 2016 6:15-9pm

A talk in the Kincaid Gallery of The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum. The eleventh in a series of talks programmed to coincide with the centenary of events during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£15
Friends of the Museum £12.50

Getting there

Situated within Peninsula Barracks, close to Winchester City centre the Museum is easy to find. Peninsula Barracks is adjacent to the Great Hall and within 100 metres of the High Street and the West Gate. The Guildhall, the Cathedral and the mainline railway station are all within 10 minutes’ walking distance.

Long term car parking is available in the city centre 15 minutes walk from the museum. There is limited free parking outside the museum itself.

Royal Green Jackets - Rifles Museum
Royal Green Jackets Museum
Peninsula Barracks
Romsey Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 8TS
England

Website

www.rgjmuseum.co.uk/

E-mail

curator@rgjmuseum.co.uk

Telephone

01962 828549

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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