The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum

The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum showcases the history of the County Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire and their more recent successors.

Operating as usual

We are on the look out for a volunteer to help out on front desk on a Thursday afternoon 1:30-5 do drop us a line if you...
09/09/2021

We are on the look out for a volunteer to help out on front desk on a Thursday afternoon 1:30-5 do drop us a line if you enjoy chatting with the public, all training will be given and no prior experience is needed.

We are on the look out for a volunteer to help out on front desk on a Thursday afternoon 1:30-5 do drop us a line if you enjoy chatting with the public, all training will be given and no prior experience is needed.

24/08/2021

Thank you to all you keen eyed social media followers! The mistakes have now been corrected. Its good to know our posts are being so carefully read! Regards The Museum 😀

Here are some pictures and information about The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment during the war in Afghanistan 🇦...
23/08/2021

Here are some pictures and information about The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment during the war in Afghanistan 🇦🇫 began in 2006, in an effort to reinforce the strength of NATO troops. They took part in the bloody fighting around Helmand. 45 soldiers were killed in action. The Regiment withdrew in 2014 along with the rest of the British army.
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Here are the colours of The Berkshire And Wiltshire Regiment🚩🇬🇧 They have a very symbolic design and are very delicately...
23/08/2021

Here are the colours of The Berkshire And Wiltshire Regiment🚩🇬🇧 They have a very symbolic design and are very delicately embroidered. Visit the museum and get a close look at them yourself!

A collection of our uniform models⬇️P1- An American soldier during the war of independence 🇺🇸P2- A British soldier in 18...
23/08/2021

A collection of our uniform models⬇️
P1- An American soldier during the war of independence 🇺🇸
P2- A British soldier in 1812 🇬🇧
P3-British militia ( armed police)👮‍♀️
P4- The Boer War
P5-WW1
P6-WW2
P7- Afghanistan 🇦🇫
P8- Medical corps in 20th century

They got more practical as they evolved. Brown color also offered better camouflage.

Come and join us for a special last session of Wardrobe Wednesdays we will be joined by the Wiltshire Home Guard living ...
19/08/2021

Come and join us for a special last session of Wardrobe Wednesdays we will be joined by the Wiltshire Home Guard living history group, there will be LEGO building, take home crafts and history sessions. All ages young and old. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Come and join us for a special last session of Wardrobe Wednesdays we will be joined by the Wiltshire Home Guard living history group, there will be LEGO building, take home crafts and history sessions. All ages young and old. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Want to host a party? Why not chose The Wardrobe? We offer an amazing experience at the centre of Salisbury, next to the...
16/08/2021

Want to host a party? Why not chose The Wardrobe? We offer an amazing experience at the centre of Salisbury, next to the Cathedral. We have a stunning garden and a spacious regimental room. You can order delicious luncheon provided by Rifleman's Table Salisbury . Moreover, you can have a luxurious experience with an affordable price. Don’t hesitate to contact us to make your booking⬇️

Want to host a party? Why not chose The Wardrobe? We offer an amazing experience at the centre of Salisbury, next to the...
16/08/2021

Want to host a party? Why not chose The Wardrobe? We offer an amazing experience at the centre of Salisbury, next to the Cathedral. We have a stunning garden and a spacious regimental room. You can order delicious luncheon provided by Rifleman's Table Salisbury . Moreover, you can have a luxurious experience with an affordable price. Don’t hesitate to contact us to make your booking⬇️

16/08/2021

Venue Hire information coming up!

Mrs Alexandrina Ryrie Steward, wife of Lieutenant Colonel R.H.Steward, was the founder of the Wiltshire Regimental Care ...
16/08/2021

Mrs Alexandrina Ryrie Steward, wife of Lieutenant Colonel R.H.Steward, was the founder of the Wiltshire Regimental Care Committee during the First World War. She and her team were responsible for organising and consigning parcels of supplies to prisoners of war and providing links to their families on behalf of the Wiltshire Regiment. The parcels helped many prisoners avoid starvation.

Mrs Alexandrina Ryrie Steward, wife of Lieutenant Colonel R.H.Steward, was the founder of the Wiltshire Regimental Care Committee during the First World War. She and her team were responsible for organising and consigning parcels of supplies to prisoners of war and providing links to their families on behalf of the Wiltshire Regiment. The parcels helped many prisoners avoid starvation.

London under the Blitz Lego buildingThank you for participating. It’s looking good🤩We’ve got a fire engine and a watch s...
09/08/2021

London under the Blitz Lego building
Thank you for participating. It’s looking good🤩
We’ve got a fire engine and a watch station👷👷‍♀️🚒
And a aircraft carrier ( for stopping the German bombers reaching London but didn’t participate in 1940🤫😂)

WW1 governor having tea in the garden @the_rifles_in_the_wardrobe museum under a stunning sun ☀️
09/08/2021

WW1 governor having tea in the garden @the_rifles_in_the_wardrobe museum under a stunning sun ☀️

WW1 governor having tea at the garden in the Wardrobe and posing in front of the museum🌞☕️🍀
09/08/2021

WW1 governor having tea at the garden in the Wardrobe and posing in front of the museum🌞☕️🍀

Having fun at the museum on our first Wardrobe Wednesday! Our WW1 Governess time travelled to teach about life in the tr...
28/07/2021

Having fun at the museum on our first Wardrobe Wednesday! Our WW1 Governess time travelled to teach about life in the trenches.

Having fun at the museum on our first Wardrobe Wednesday! Our WW1 Governess time travelled to teach about life in the trenches.

28/07/2021
We got a Instagram account🎉🥳We post fun facts, fascinating stories and new events in the museum on this account. Sometim...
26/07/2021

We got a Instagram account🎉🥳
We post fun facts, fascinating stories and new events in the museum on this account.
Sometimes we also post delicious ☕️ &🥞from Rifleman's Table Salisbury
Please give it a follow🤗 by scanning the code👇

We got a Instagram account🎉🥳
We post fun facts, fascinating stories and new events in the museum on this account.
Sometimes we also post delicious ☕️ &🥞from Rifleman's Table Salisbury
Please give it a follow🤗 by scanning the code👇

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming THIS WEEK! Do you love crafts? Interested in history? Wants a great family activity? This i...
26/07/2021

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming THIS WEEK!
Do you love crafts? Interested in history? Wants a great family activity?
This is a perfect opportunity to fulfill ALL-
AND no extra fee, just pay the entry fee for the museum
(Children 5-16 years old- £3)
(Children under 5 -FREE)🆓

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming THIS WEEK!
Do you love crafts? Interested in history? Wants a great family activity?
This is a perfect opportunity to fulfill ALL-
AND no extra fee, just pay the entry fee for the museum
(Children 5-16 years old- £3)
(Children under 5 -FREE)🆓

26/07/2021

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming this week!🎉

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming!A collection of activities for children from 4 years old to experience and learn historyEve...
14/07/2021

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming!
A collection of activities for children from 4 years old to experience and learn history
Every Wednesday from 28th July to 25th August
No extra fee. Just museum entry fee (£3)

Wardrobe Wednesday is coming!
A collection of activities for children from 4 years old to experience and learn history
Every Wednesday from 28th July to 25th August
No extra fee. Just museum entry fee (£3)

The attached image shows Mike Weyman sat with his wife and Mrs Coates, widow of Ray Coates, having lunch at The Rifleman...
14/07/2021

The attached image shows Mike Weyman sat with his wife and Mrs Coates, widow of Ray Coates, having lunch at The Rifleman's Table having visited the museum. Both Mike Weyman and Ray Coates served in 1 DERR. It was great to see Mike visit his Regimental Museum

The attached image shows Mike Weyman sat with his wife and Mrs Coates, widow of Ray Coates, having lunch at The Rifleman's Table having visited the museum. Both Mike Weyman and Ray Coates served in 1 DERR. It was great to see Mike visit his Regimental Museum

This sums up our mood 😀😀 we are looking forward to seeing you!
18/05/2021

This sums up our mood 😀😀 we are looking forward to seeing you!

This sums up our mood 😀😀 we are looking forward to seeing you!

CALLING ALL CRAFTERSDO YOU WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO SOMEONE????We are pleased to announce that this exhibition will stil...
06/04/2021

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS

DO YOU WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO SOMEONE????

We are pleased to announce that this exhibition will still be going ahead.

Anyone with time on their hands or children at home and would like an Easter project. We are still looking for entries to add to our exhibition from the public young and old for nominations and a home made medal to recognise that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and places.

All entries will be displayed in the museum throughout the year.

We are trying something a bit different next year for our temporary exhibition!

This year we have spent a lot of time looking at heroic deeds and thinking of ways we say thank you to people both military and civilian.

We are looking for people to make at home a medal from any medium they have and submit it with a name of who they want to honour with a short sentence about why they are submitting that name. The medals will be displayed throughout the year. We hope you will join in and have fun saying thank you to someone.

Please share this post far and wide we'd love to see local, national and international submissions from all ages!

Happy crafting! 🥳🥳

GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!As we look towards opening the museum back again we are calling out for and gardeners or volun...
05/04/2021

GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

As we look towards opening the museum back again we are calling out for and gardeners or volunteers who would like to help in our spectacular garden. Please email [email protected] if you would like to come and help or would like more information.

The Wardrobe Garden – A Prescription for health and Wellbeing.Regular viewers of BBC’s Country File may recall the episo...
15/02/2021

The Wardrobe Garden – A Prescription for health and Wellbeing.

Regular viewers of BBC’s Country File may recall the episode on Sunday 31st January which covered how some doctors have taken to prescribing outdoor activities, and specifically gardening, as a means of taking exercise and as a tonic for mental health.
Our lovely walled garden, set between The Wardrobe and the River Avon, is a calm and tranquil environment where one can literally see and hear the bees going about their daily business, before returning to their hives at the bottom of the garden.
Our head gardener, Alistair, is a trained horticulturalist and we have a couple of well-established volunteer gardeners. But extra help in the garden is always welcome – Alistair will guide and direct the tasks required, leaving volunteers to take it at their own pace, with time to rest and watch as well as “get stuck in” as the mood takes. We have some interesting new projects in mind that we would love to realise, volunteer labour permitting.
When Lockdown #3 comes to an end, and we can all get out to socialise in the “new normal” way, we would love to expand our garden volunteer team by welcoming new and returning faces. As the weather improves, fresh air is calling!
If you would like to join the team please click on the “support us” link at the top of the page, then the green “Become a volunteer” button. We look forward to getting to know you, whether for the first time or as “a returner”.

You can watch the episode of Country File here (BBC login required):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000ryp6/countryfile-ellies-home-turf

Calling for all craft makers!!Recently we asked for any of you crafty individuals or families who would like to make a m...
12/11/2020

Calling for all craft makers!!

Recently we asked for any of you crafty individuals or families who would like to make a medal honouring an individual or event.

We have got our first entries coming in and they are fantastic, we would love to see some more entries that we can display at the museum next year as part of our medals and honours exhibition.

Who else is planning and making a medal???

REGIMENTAL REMEMBRANCEIn view of the restrictions we are currently under our normal remembrance parades have been either...
09/11/2020

REGIMENTAL REMEMBRANCE

In view of the restrictions we are currently under our normal remembrance parades have been either downgraded or cancelled this year. At the Regimental Museum of The RIFLES (Berkshire and Wiltshire) at The Wardrobe in Salisbury we normally have a small service of remembrance in the garden of remembrance. In view of these circumstances we post the following.

We remember those who served in our former Regiments prior to the First World War who fell and are still in foreign fields with no memorial to record their passing apart from the Battle Honours displayed on Regimental Colours. [An exception being the Maiwand Lion memorial in Forbury Gardens Reading for the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment who fell in Afghanistan, 1880.]

We Remember:-

The 7230 soldiers of all ranks of the Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment) who fell in the First World War. And the 1105 who fell in the Second World War.

The 5077 of all ranks of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) who fell in the First World War. And the 1082 who fell in the Second World War.

We remember those soldiers from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) who either died whilst serving, or killed on operations, primarily Northern Ireland.

We remember those soldiers who served on operations in the Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, primarily in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Bosnia.

And of course our present Regiment THE RIFLES who have taken heavy casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition to the events referred to we remember soldiers from our Regiment who served and fell on the North West Frontier, India, Eritrea, Ireland, Egypt and Cyprus.

We Will remember them

These are some of the medals we made on our community day last year. They can be as simple or as fancy as you like!We ho...
23/10/2020

These are some of the medals we made on our community day last year. They can be as simple or as fancy as you like!

We hope this will inspire you to sit down and create your own medal to say well done or thank you to someone you know or have an individual you know of that has a great story to tell.

Let us know if you are joining in the project we'd love to hear from you and what your planning from knitting to craftwork young or old. 😀

When submitting please make sure they have your name, the person's name for the medal and a small paragraph on why they have been nominated by you, thanks.

Any queries email Bethany at: [email protected]

We are trying something a bit different next year for our temporary exhibition!This year we have spent a lot of time loo...
19/10/2020

We are trying something a bit different next year for our temporary exhibition!

This year we have spent a lot of time looking at heroic deeds and thinking of ways we say thank you to people both military and civilian.

We are looking for people to make at home a medal from any medium they have and submit it with a name of who they want to honour with a short sentence about why they are submitting that name. The medals will be displayed throughout the year. We hope you will join in and have fun saying thank you to someone.

Please share this post far and wide we'd love to see local, national and international submissions from all ages!

Happy crafting! 🥳🥳

We will be open throughout half term with museum trails for the little ones why not stop off on the way round?  PLUS the...
16/10/2020

We will be open throughout half term with museum trails for the little ones why not stop off on the way round? PLUS the café is open to for a welcome stop and refreshments.

Wiltshire Museum
14/08/2020

Wiltshire Museum

Familiar August weather has certainly returned...

On the bright side, it's a great time for visiting and supporting your local museums as they re-open. See a list of open museums in Wiltshire and their details here (wonderful how many there are!): http://museumsinwiltshire.org.uk/good-to-go/

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Chippenham Museum, Crofton Beam Engines, The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, The REME Museum and The Salisbury Museum.

Our little Rifles Ted is looking for new recruits!Do you have any spare small soft toys to donate to the museum for our ...
03/08/2020

Our little Rifles Ted is looking for new recruits!

Do you have any spare small soft toys to donate to the museum for our bear hunt?

If you have any to spare please drop them off at the museum in the next two weeks

Armed Forces Day
03/08/2020

Armed Forces Day

In just two weeks’ time we’ll mark 75 years since Victory Over Japan.

We must never forget those who served and died to restore peace in the Pacific and the Far East.

Thanks to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, memorials to thousands of British and Commonwealth troops remain throughout those regions as a lasting reminder of their immense sacrifice.

#NeverForgotten #VJDay75

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The Wardrobe, 58 The Close
Salisbury
SP1 2EX

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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I have a booklet for sale. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S ROYAL REGIMENT. Looks fairly old but in very good condition. All proceeds going to the RBL Poppy Appeal.
Hello, I'm researching the names on my village (Tilshead) war memorial. G Potter Wiltshire Regiment is causing me some problems. There are 3 possible records that could be our G Potter on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Any pointers as to which Wiltshire Regiment Battalion the Tilshead G Potter served with would be greatly appreciated
Unique Open Air Theatre Coming to the Rifles. 29th / 30th July https://www.tickettailor.com/events/somethingundergroundtheatre/499760
Morning all..... thought I would share these beautiful medals with the group. Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Private Albert Victor Randall of 2/4th Wiltshire Regiment. Born in February 1897 in Warminster Wilts it appears he was an apprentice builder / carpenter before the war broke out and he joined his local Regiment. I know little of his war service but he certainly must have been a good soldier to have been awarded the MSM ( Peacetime London Gazette September 1919) He returned to his native Warminster post war and by 1939 was married and working as a Carpenter and Joiner. During World War Two it appears he continued to do his bit, serving in the Police Special Constabulary long enough to earn a Long Service medal with bar. The order of wear on this group is incorrect as some may see, the MSM being displayed incorrectly at the front of the row but for me, this is an indication of how proud Albert was of his service. Albert lived to a good age, passing in 1980 while living at Southby Cottage, Kingston Deverill. I would be grateful if anyone could share any knowledge of this man and his wartime service.
Would like to trace family of a PTE WOODWARD 9689 WILTS REGT from WW1. Any help greatly appreciated
I believe the man on the right in the attached photograph is my grandfather Henry Albert Ellner, regimental number 5202. who served with the Wiltshire Regiment from 1898 to 1911 and then was recalled in 1914 and was discharged in December 1915. Can anyone confirm he is wearing the uniform of the Wiltshire Regt. and that the stripes on his sleeve are good conduct stripes. Thank you
This is perhaps my most treasured photograph. It is of my late grandmother, Gladys Topping, and her first husband Robert Thompson. Both came from families that went back many generations in Blackpool. They were childhood sweethearts. Robert was killed in action on 13th June 1918. The photograph was taken in Blackpool after he was sent home to recover from a gunshot wound to the leg. Several days after the picture was taken, Robert returned to the Western Front and was assigned to a new unit, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was killed after being with them only a couple of weeks. It is a sobering thought that, but for the sacrifice of this brave young man who most members of my wonderful family have never even heard of before, none of us would have been born. Robert's body was never found. His name appears on the Loos Memorial which remembers those men who have no known grave.
I hope everyone's well. I'd just like to note great thanks to the team at the Wardrobe for their help and generosity with a booklet Reading Libraries are working on about the Maiwand Lion, and for a really brilliant piece of customer service online😊!
This photo says on the back, Wi******er Barracks, WW1. C.J.D. Cave is seated far left front row (my grandfather). He was shell-shocked in 1916 not long after going to France.
Due in hardback published by Fonthill Media in April 2020. The author was RMO to the Royal Wessex Yeomanry for 22 years.
As a member of the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment 1954 to 1956, demonstration Batt. Also a member of the 4/6th Royal Berkshire Regiment, later the Wessex Volunteers, based in Brock Barracks Reading, then a member of the Royal Corps of Transport in East Kilbride Scotland, I used to get regular emails & updates on these units plus other news. Now, despite requests via a friend of mine, I have not heard a single thing for at least 3 years now, & I am wondering why. In 1954, I was involved in the building, (shovels & wheelbarrows) of the long observation platform built overlooking the Salisbury Plain, just off the road leading down to Imber village. I have tried on a number of occasions to acquire a photograph of this long mound that I assume is still in existence, but to no avail, it would be a nice keepsake of fond memories. I was also a guinea pig during the three months equipment trials conducted by C, Company to test the old 38 pattern equipment, a new American webbing & a new British webbing, plus rubber boots & the FN rifle. The trials, watched over by a high ranking American from the Green Beret & our own officers were extensive & exhausting. I was required to give blood & urine samples 3 times a day for the whole 3 months during which we were followed & filmed by a unit of Redcaps & cine film crews. The subsequent films were shown to the participants in a later time of the year, I unfortunately missed the showing as I was posted to Cherry Tree Barracks in Colchester as a Brigade driver. If these films were at all available, I would love to see them as a fond memory of my youth. I was posted to Cyprus for the last few months of my National Service, (Aghirda Camp near Kyrenia). .
Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight at the National Memorial Arboretum.