News

The latest news headlines bringing visitors up to date with all of our museum activities including artefacts received, fundraising events, items of Regimental interest, or news sent in by you our visitors. 

Only 2 weeks to go...

Only 2 weeks to go...

16th Nov 2017

...until we close for our annual winter closure. Last chance to see our Wiltshires in Gaza 1917 exhibition.

Our final day of opening is Thursday 30 November 2017. We will reopen on 1 February 2018. A number projects are planned during the closure. Watch this space for information.

 

Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden

10th Nov 2017

Our memorial garden is looking so peaceful and beautiful at the moment. A perfect place to sit quietly if needed over the weekend.

Entrance is Free to current serving members of UK and Allied Armed Forces and members of the Regimental Association former regiments.

Please visit our website for details http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/museum/visitor-information

Last Chance To See...

Last Chance To See...

1st Nov 2017

LAST CHANCE TO SEE - Wiltshires in Gaza 1917:The Experiences of a Battalion during World War I exhibition which closes on Thursday 30 November 2017. 

Through diaries, letters, photographs and other interesting items from the collection, the exhibition explores the personal experiences and observations of a local regiment on a conflict that is rarely documented.

Summer Fun at The Rifles

Summer Fun at The Rifles

21st Jul 2017

Looking for something to do over the Summer holidays? The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum has everything you need - quizzes, dressing-up and a lovely riverside garden suitable for picnics.

All this while discovering the fascinating history of the Wiltshire and Berkshire Regiments!

 

 

 

New Pest Monitoring Programme at The Rifles.

New Pest Monitoring Programme at The Rifles.

4th Jul 2017

New sticky insect traps, or blunder traps, have been placed at various points around the building. We'll check these every 3 months to see if there's anything that may cause damage to the collections, for example clothes moth or woolly bear (carpet beetle larvae). Any information we gather will help us further improve the care of our collections.

Look Out For Us…

Look Out For Us…

8th Jun 2017

…at the Wiltshire Family History Day at STEAM, Swindon this Saturday 10th June 2017. If you have any questions on family links to the Wiltshire or Berkshire regiments or military queries then we'll be only too happy to help.

For more information please go to the STEAM webpage http://www.steam-museum.org.uk/events/Pages/Wiltshire-Family-History-Day.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

8th Jun 2017

Your Museum Needs You

Could you be a volunteer at The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum?  You will become part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers who contribute enormously to the functioning of the museum.  We offer a variety of roles from the Visitor Services team on the Front Desk to working with collections and maintaining our beautiful riverside garden. 

If you are over 18 and are able to offer your time then please do get in touch.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Services

You will be part of a dedicated team of volunteers who welcome and engage with visitors to a high standard of customer care.  The role is a vital one to the museum which will involve selling tickets and shop items and operating the till.  Full training is provided. 

We are currently looking for placements on Mondays and Tuesdays, either half or full days. 

Gardener

We are currently looking for garden volunteers to work in our beautiful riverside garden supporting our garden team.  There are a variety of opportunities to plant, prune and generally maintain this special setting.  Some gardening experience would be preferable but not essential. 

 

For further details or for an application form then please contact the Assistant Curator at assistantcurator@thewardrobe.org.uk or call 01722 419419, Mondays – Fridays, 8.30am-1.30pm.

Some Tickets Still Available...

Some Tickets Still Available...

24th May 2017

...for this Saturday's "The Emperor's New Clothes" Open Air Performance, in the lovely setting of The Rifle Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum's riverside garden.

Family friendly event, picnics welcome, performance goes ahead whatever the weather (part of the fun!).

Suitable for ages 5+

For tickets and information: https://www.salisburyfestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 9651 (please do not contact the museum).

Part of Salisbury Arts Festival

Half Term Ideas...

24th May 2017

...looking for something to do over the May half term? The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum has everything you need - quizzes, dressing-up and a lovely riverside garden suitable for picnics.

All this while discovering the fascinating history of the Wiltshire and Berkshire Regiments!

For more information either visit our website http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/home or call 01722 419419

Victoria Cross Hero Commemorated

Victoria Cross Hero Commemorated

2nd May 2017

The Victoria Cross won by James Welch from Stratfield Saye, near Reading, is currently in the collection at The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury and the museum attended the unveiling of a memorial stone in his home village last Saturday 29th April 2017.

 

The special ceremony was held exactly 100 years to the day since Lance Corporal Welch of the Royal Berkshire Regiment won the VC during the Battle of Arras on the Western Front during the First World War. 

The ceremony is part of a nationwide Government project to honour First World War Victoria Cross recipients by laying commemorative paving stones in their birthplaces.