21st Jun 2011
Our temporary exhibition this year has been produced to give visitors to this museum a chance to see an alternative view of a soldier’s life by displaying their creative works and inventions.
Artists included in this exhibition are Stanley Spencer who served with 7th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment, and Victorian military artist Richard Simkin who painted pictures of soldiers from our regiments. Inventors include; aircraft inventor Lieutenant John William Dunne, who served with the Wiltshire Regiment; William Soper who invented the Soper rifle and who served with the Royal Berkshire Rifle Volunteers and poet Captain Edgell Rickword who served with the 5th Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment during the First World War.
Also on display are embroideries made by soldiers during their rehabilitation in between battles; and poems written about loved ones.
The image shows hand painted decorative ostrich eggs. These were decorated by Sergeant Frederick Cook DCM while serving with the Wiltshire Regiment during the Boer War in South Africa – one was painted for the 1st Battalion and the other for the 2nd Battalion (Wiltshire Regiment). Both of these battalions were involved in the Boer War between 1899 and 1902 and were formally known as the 62nd Regiment of Foot and the 66th Regiment, hence numbers on the eggs. The Wiltshires fought in all major engagements during this War and the previous African war – the Zulu War in 1879.
Click on the image to enlarge and you will see the wonderful detail painted on these eggs.
17th Jun 2011
The auction record for a painting by Sir Stanley Spencer was broken twice within minutes at Sotheby's in London.
Workmen in the House, which had an upper estimate of £2m, sold for £4.7m before Sunflower and Dog Worship, with a top estimate of £1.5m, fetched £5.4m.
The previous record was the £1.43m achieved at Sotheby's in December for 1954 work Hilda and I at Pond Street.
Stanley Spencer served with the 7th Battalion, The Royal berkshire Regiment during World War One and served in Salonika. The museum currently has an exhibition entitled 'The Creative and Inventive Soldier' in which reproduction s of his work are on display.
10th Jun 2011
The museum extends very warm congratulations on his 90th Birthday to Field Marshall (now High Admiral) His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, GBE, Colonel-in-Chief The Wiltshire Regiment, the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment and The Rifles.
Many of those who served or serve in the regiments remember his visits to the various battalions and here at the Wardrobe where he took a great interest in what was going on.
30th May 2011
The Country Search criteria is now working properly and will enhance your searching capability. For example you can list a a unit and the country in which they were stationed and then under key word you could also put in another country to narrow your search.
For example one could put DERR as the unit, in 1978 - 1983 they were stationed in Germany, but went to Canada. By putting in those details with Canada as the key word one may well find images from their Exercise Medicine Hat.
29th Apr 2011
We have just identified that if you search by Country, where we had made some editorial corrections yesterday, it has thrown the data slightly out of sync. For the time being we suggest that you search by another criteria.
We apologise for this minor blip we are in the process of fixing it.
28th Apr 2011
Welcome!! As promised we have at last completed the process, with Datasouth UK, of trialling the new site and have taken the step to go live. The whole process was driven by the fact that we wished improve our service to you the on-line visitor.
It is envitable that visitors to the site will find some errors and we would welcome constructive comments to improve, where we can, the site. Just as important, if anyone finds any errors within the text panels would you please informs us by leaving comments on the Guestbook.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking those, who have been aware for some time of the work in progress, for their patience.
I would also wish to publicly thank Richard Long-Fox, Martin McIntyre for their hours of dedication of checking the Collection and re-writing the History of the Regiments resepctively, David Chilton for the work on the Soldier Search database , Bob Hambling for the photographic work involved in producing images for the shop and the remainder of the volunteers and staff who have had to endure a rather scratchy Curator for the past few months.
20th Apr 2011
We intend during the Easter Holidays to update the web site; something we have been trying to do for some time. There will be major changes to the look of the site and how one navigates through the site. Whilst we appreciate that this may cause some concerns, the volunteers who have been working like Trojans behind the scenes, are sure that the enhanced data available will be welcomed by our visitors.
As you navigate through the new site, may we ask that any constructive comments are left in the new web site's "Guest Book", as this will enable us to improve our service to you.