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FREE Fun Family Drop-In Event...3 Weeks Today

FREE Fun Family Drop-In Event...3 Weeks Today

23rd Mar 2017

Fun Family Drop-In Event…3 weeks today!

Your County Needs You! … at The Rifles Museum on Thursday, 13th April for a fascinating, fun and FREE look at the First World War with Trowbridge Museum and their WW1 recruitment workshop.

Discover what happened when men volunteered for King and Country then have your photograph taken in uniform – the perfect memento for your sweetheart back home – or try on a nurse’s outfit and experience life as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse – only for those with a strong constitution!

FREE Family Drop-In*

All Ages

Thursday 13 April 2017, 10am-12.30pm

All children attending get FREE entry to the Rifles Museum on the day

*Children 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Today is Tofrek Day...

Today is Tofrek Day...

22nd Mar 2017

Today is Tofrek Day…marking the anniversary when the Berkshire Regiment became the Royal Berkshire Regiment, or to be precise the Princess Charlotte of Wales’ Royal Berkshire Regiment as it was known.  The Royal title was granted after the 1st Battalion were victorious from an unplanned attack during the Battle of Tofrek in Sudan, 22 March 1885.  As part of the new title the Regiment’s facings changed from white to blue.  Today we’re flying the Royal Berkshire flag – blue background with gold Chinese dragon motif – at the museum in honour of the occasion.  For more information on Tofrek Day visit our website:

http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/history-of-regiments/the-berkshire-regiment-1881-1885-the-royal-berkshire-regiment-1885-1959

Closing Early Tomorrow (Thursday 23 February 2017)

22nd Feb 2017

The museum will be closing early tomorrow, Thursday 23 February 2017, for one day only.  Last admission will be at 3.45pm, doors closing at 4.30pm. 

Normal opening times, 10am-5pm, will resume from Friday 24th February 2017.  Please see our Visitor Information page for details.

New Exhibition Open

New Exhibition Open

2nd Feb 2017

A new Temporary Exhibition is now open. Called the "Wiltshires in Gaza 1917: The Experiences of a Battalion during World War I", the exhibition tells the story of the Third Battle of Gaza in the Middle East from the perspective of the 1st/ 4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.

Through diaries, letters, photographs and other interesting items from the collection, the exhibition will explore the personal experiences and observations of a local regiment on a conflict that is rarely documented.  It will run until 30 November 2017.

The Museum is now...OPEN

The Museum is now...OPEN

1st Feb 2017

With a new exhibition and lots to see on the Wiltshire and Berkshire Regimental history, we hope to see you soon.

Museum Re-Opens Tomorrow

31st Jan 2017

We re-open tomorrow (Wed 1 February 2017) at 10am after a very busy 2 months assessing the display objects, display cases and installing the New Exhibition “Wiltshire at Gaza 1917”.  A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers for their time over the Winter Closure in helping to get all the projects done.

For details check the Opening Dates and Times and Visitor Information on this website.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

New Exhibitions - Opens Tomorrow

31st Jan 2017

A new Temporary Exhibition opens tomorrow Wednesday 1 February 2017. Called the "Wiltshires in Gaza 1917: The Experiences of a Battalion during World War I", the exhibition tells the story of the Third Battle of Gaza in the Middle East from the perspective of the 1st/ 4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

3rd Jan 2017

Thank you for all your support and interest in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you in 2017. 

The museum remains closed until 1 February.  But until then we will continue to keep you posted on events behind the scenes.

THE LATEST SOCIETY OF FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM NEWSLETTER...

15th Dec 2016

...is now available on our website. Please click on the link below to find out more:

http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/dyn/files/20161213redcoatsreviewdec2016.pdf

ONLINE COLLECTION UPDATE…

15th Dec 2016

4,113 new images and 2,800 descriptions have been added to the collection on our website. That means we now have HUGE total of 28,628 images available online.

The images cover both the Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments from the 1890s to 2004. They include named individuals, locations and regimental information. A vital resource for any family history search. Click on this link to start your search:

http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/the-collection/search/category:9