Royal Green Jackets - Rifles Museum
Royal Green Jackets - Rifles Museum
Royal Green Jackets Museum
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. Amongst nine battle models there is a magnificent diorama of Waterloo, measuring 22' x 11' with 22,000 model soldiers and horses, plus an accompanying sound and light commentary. Popular visitor attractions include the opportunity to a fire a replica of the Baker Rifle on the electronic range - the British Army's first rifle issued circa 1800.
Other popular visitor attractions include the new 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.
PLEASE NOTE: From Thursday 18 September 2014 two thirds of the first floor of the Museum, including the diorama, will be closed to the public for six months in preparation for the new Waterloo 2015 exhibition. The ground floor of the Museum will be open as usual.
Admission prices during the period 18 September 2014 to 25 March 2015
Senior Citizens: £2.50
Serving personnel and Friends of the Museum are admitted free.
Members of The Royal Green Jackets Regimental Association are admitted half price.
Our library is open to the public by appointment only
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
Waterloo 2015 - The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary Exhibition
- 25 March — 30 September 2015 *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. Each was 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.
Normal admission charges apply.
The Background to Waterloo: Events leading up to the Battle
- 30 March 2015 From 6:15pm
Subject: ‘The Background to Waterloo: Events leading up to the Battle’
Speaker: Lt-Gen Sir Christopher Wallace, military historian and Museum Chairman
Venue: This will be the first evening talk to take place in the Museum’s new purpose-built Kincaid Gallery within the 2015 Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary Exhibition space.
Please check admission charges and booking details before visiting.
Nick Lipscombe Lectures
- 14 — 16 April 2015
A series of lectures by Nick Lipscombe at the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, focusing on the Battle of Waterloo.
Surgery in the Napoleonic Era
- 18 July 2015
A talk by Mick Crumplin entitled "Surgery in the Napoleonic Era".