The RGJ Museum Shop...........
The Museum Shop is now able to take payment on line for any transaction you want to make – gone is the need to telephone and place an order, your purchases are just a click (or two) away! There is a wide range of stock held by the shop and some excellent books in particular. Go to the Museum website ( www.rgjmuseum.co.uk ) and follow the link to SHOP) to see what is available.
As an introductory offer from 1 May – 30 June anyone buying a copy of ‘Swift and Bold a Portrait of The Royal Green Jackets’ will receive, free, one of the very popular Regimental Tea Towels worth £4.50p. ‘Swift and Bold’ covers the history of the Regiment in 192 lavishly illustrated pages; it is a book that every member of the Royal Green Jackets should have and in which you are certain to find some memories either in words or pictures. If you haven’t got a copy get one now while stocks last. The cost is £23.50p incl p&p (UK only) - but why not order one for £16.50p and avoid postage by paying for it and collecting it from the Museum shop on Veterans day 14 July? If you want to do this then place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ; the book and tea towel will be waiting for you on the Museum Shop stand at Sir John Moore Barracks on 14 July.
Sales from the Shop are a valuable source of income for your Regimental Museum; do support it and make it your ‘first stop shop’ for Regimental items and other gifts.
The Rifles Museum Winchester .........
The Museum was originally opened as the Royal Green Jackets museum and is open throughout the year except for two weeks over Christmas and New Year.
Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Sunday only .... 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm
The Museum was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd, Colonel-in-Chief of The Regiment in 1989. It tells the story of its famous Regiments from 1741 to the present time. The Regiments, the 43rd and 52nd (The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry), The Kings Royal Rifle Corps (60th Rifles) who were formed in North America in 1755, and the Rifle Brigade (95th) joined together in 1966 to become the Royal Green Jackets.
The Regiments combining to make the Royal Green Jackets have been awarded fifty-nine Victoria Crosses; of which thirty-four are in the Museum. The unique collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and other artefacts spans almost 250 years. Historic items include General Wolfe`s writing case from Quebec and collections of items worn by Royalty and Field Marshals like Wellington.
There are several Thomas Baines paintings of South Africa, together with portraits, miniatures and battle scenes, including the famous Capture of French Battery by the 52nd Light Infantry at WATERLOO. Throughout the Museum artefacts abound and include a Jibbah (Dervish Surcoat) worn by the Khalifa at the Battle of Omdurman. Amongst the nine battle models is one of Waterloo measuring 22`x 11` and containing 22,000 model soldiers and horses plus a sound and light commentary.
ALL visitors are welcome to the Museum and there is good provision for disabled visitors, with all areas able to accommodate wheelchairs and a stairlift to the first floor.