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“The old RB”

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
Ranked #8 of 71 things to do in Winchester
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Owner description: One of Winchester's five superb Military Museums telling the story of 250 years of campaigning for peace by The Royal Green Jackets and their former regiments, the 43rd and 52nd (The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry), the 60th (The King's Royal Rifle Corps) and the 95th Rifles (The Rifle Brigade). An outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and medals set over two floors. The exhibition on the first floor, entitled 'With the Rifles to Waterloo', opened in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the 25 square metre model of the battle with light and sound commentary. The museum is situated in Peninsula Square, formerly the barracks and the home of the Rifle Depot.
Reviewed 23 April 2014

The fount and origin of three of the British Army's most dynamic and idiosyncratic regiments - the King's Royal Rifle Corps, the Rifle Brigade and the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. The development of this stripped-down style of soldiering (no colours, arms carried at the trail, and a brisk pace of 140 paces per minute) is explained in this two-storey museum, starting in 1755 with the establishment of the Royal Americans, right up to the formation of The Rifles in 2007. In reality the museum is housed in the guardroom of what was Peninsula Barracks and can feel a bit cramped, and it also lacks natural light, but the exhibits are very good. Worth combining with visits to the other regimental museums in the complex. Far better than the Guards' cramped bunker-museum in London.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

The building is situated in the grounds of the old Peninsular Barracks ( which is worth visiting on its own architectural merits ) and ,in my opinion ,is one of the best Regimental museums I have ever visited. The exhibits are distributed over two spacious floors and trace the development of British Rifle Regiments in a logical and attractive way.
The staff are friendly and enthusiastic and on the three occasions I have visited the site,I met a volunteer or manager who was a retired soldier of the regiment pleased to share his knowledge with a visitor interested in military history.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

So much informative history and set out chronologically. Opportunity to 'fire' an ancient rifle. Highly recommended.

Thank David E
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

A very wet afternoon in February and a spare couple of hours called for a visit to the Rifles museum with my 92 year old father. Nicely presented in chronological order the museum reminds you of the terrific number of campaigns the British army has been involved in over the past 250 years. Dad is not so agile but the staff were extremely helpful in getting him on a stairlift so that he saw everything.

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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

I and my husband loved this place, even though I was hesitant at the start.
A wealth of information was at hand and very informed helpers and staff made us feel very welcome. A lot of history in this place and so glad we popped in, spent two hours soaking it all up.
A must visit if in Winchester, a short walk from station.

Thank Siobhanwessex
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