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.
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.
15th Dec 2016
...is now available on our website. Please click on the link below to find out more:
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:
15th Dec 2016
2 rooms done. 2 to go. THANK YOU THANK YOU to all our volunteers for their help, time and patience with this. We couldn't do it without you :0).
12th Dec 2016
The objects are carefully inspected for any damage or change in condition and, if stable enough, are gently cleaned. This Wiltshire Militia tunic is being cleaned with a special museum vac which has a gentle suction. A nylon stocking is placed on the end of the vac hose and a net is placed on the tunic just to catch any loose threads or buttons that get sucked up by mistake. A HUGE thank you to our volunteers for their time and outstanding progress.
30th Nov 2016
We are now closed until Wednesday 1 February 2017. Lots will be happening behind the scenes until then. We shall keep you posted.
22nd Nov 2016
…until the Museum closes for winter.
We will be open every day, except Sunday, until Tuesday 29th November 2016. We will then close until Wednesday 1 February 2017.
Even though we will be closed to the public, we will still be busy behind the scenes - cleaning the display cases, assessing objects and getting a new temporary exhibition ready, which next year will be on the 1st/ 4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiments’ experiences of the Third Battle of Gaza 1917.
Hope you can make it.
15th Nov 2016
LAST CHANCE TO SEE – Battle of the Somme Exhibition at the Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury which ends on Tuesday 29th November 2016.
The exhibition includes both The Royal Berkshire and The Wiltshire Regiments with artefacts, photographs and original archive documents from the collections.
We're open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. See our website www.thewardrobe.org.uk for Visitor Information.
10th Nov 2016
A burial service was held at 10:00 hours on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at CWGC Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, The Netherlands, for L/Cpl Donald Stabler Noble and Pte Harold James Lewis, 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.
The remains of both soldiers were found in February 2013 by a civilian unexploded ordnance contractor. They had been buried together in a shallow field grave. Found with the remains were some artefacts, including a Wiltshire Regiment cap badge and a Warwickshire Regiment button.
Following research of the 4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment Roll by the Royal Netherlands Army Recovery & Identification Unit and David Chilton in England, there were 7 possible candidates, 5 of whom were ruled out by their age, height or dental records. This left only Donald Noble and Harold Lewis. Both had been killed during the ‘Battle of the Island’ when the 43rd Wessex Division battled to get to a group of surrounded paratroopers in Arnhem.
Members of the ‘Redcoats’ the Society of Friends and Regimental Museum volunteers attended the service. The Redcoats President Brigadier Patrick Davidson-Houston CBE represented the Regiment. Redcoat Members Ex Lieutenant Colonel David Chilton and Colonel Michael Cornwell OBE acted as the standard bearers. Redcoat members and volunteers who also attended were Nigel Walker (Redcoats Chairman), John Peters, Chris Bacon, Richard Joyner, Bob Hambling, and ‘Mac’ McIntyre. Also part of the group was Jeff Mathews, ex Wiltshire Regiment. Mr Matthews has attended all the events leading to the recovery of Wiltshire Soldiers in that area and is directly responsible for the erection of the 4th and 5th Battalions memorial at De Larr Farm which lists all those from both battalions who fell in this area.
May they Rest in Peace.