New for 2014
20th Aug 2013
We are currently working on plans to re-design some of the museum for 2014. This will include displays and a new exhibition related to the First World War, to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the start of the war. Also to be included in the new plans, will be an updated exhibition about the Rifles Regiment involvement in Afghanistan
Our new temporary exhibition for next year will be entitled ‘1914 The Country Goes to War’ and we are aiming to hold an exhibition for each year of the war. This first exhibition will concentrate on mobilization - from life as a civilian through to conscripts and on to the front line, and we will be using photographs, weapons, medals, artefacts and original documents from our own collection! Amongst the new displays, will be an exhibition about the machine gun and we will have on display three of those used during the First World War – The Lewis, Vickers and Maxim guns.
Some facts about the museum and the First World War - We have 11,439 objects in our collection that relate to WW1! The Royal Berkshires raised 13 Battalions, The Wiltshires 11. They served in France, Flanders, Italy, Salonica, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia and Palestine. The Berkshires earned 55 Battle Honours, The Wiltshires 60. Two Officers and a LCpl. serving with the Royal Berkshire's and an Officer serving with the Wiltshire's won VC's. The Royal Berkshire's lost 6,688 men and the Wiltshire Regiment nearly 5,000.