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Rifles museum Winchester

Posted by C M Dodson on 06 Aug 2018, 22:00

This excellent museum is located at the old Peninsular barracks and benefits from having other museums on site, available for eleven pounds, or just five pounds for the Rifles museum.

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We were greeted by volunteers, Margaret and Ray who were very helpful, suggesting various options in which to explore the maze of history on show.

We were primarily interested in the massive Waterloo diorama that I first saw in magazines when it was built in the Seventies. It was tidied up for the bi centenary and is visually very impressive. There is a lot of supporting information, well laid out that enhances the experience. A commentary by Kate Adie and a super light show highlights the action.

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For the purist there is a lot missing or wrong but you have to give credit for the effort for converting so many Airfix figures and then painting them!

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I loved the full scale rifleman and there are Baker and Brown Bess muskets to play with, real touch and feel stuff, super.

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The Kincaid section has some super paintings including Ernest Crofts gun barttery.

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Sir John Moore is remembered.

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This museum also details the history of the light infantry from inception through the French Canadian wars, Napoleonic, Sikh, Boer, WW1, WW2, Kenya, Indonesia, Northen Ireland, Iraq and Afganistan.


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There is a huge amount to see and it is all cleverly done. Here you can pick up a Lee Enfield, let the kids put on battle dress, hats etc. The Feldmarshall demonstrates.


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Try lifting the modern battle armour let alone run around.

There is also a memorial to the fallen since 2007, a section on Army sporting achievements and family support. I found the section on the bandstand bombing particularly moving.

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Pride of place goes to the many medals won and especially the Victoria crosses won by brave men of the unit.

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There is a souvenir shop for mementoes and books.

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Clean toilets.

Highly recommended for the layman or the military buff.
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Posted by Graeme on 07 Aug 2018, 02:11

Great report Chris and great pictures. I think I'd like to go there next time I'm over, are the other museums on site also regimental ones?
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Posted by C M Dodson on 07 Aug 2018, 06:26

Thank you Graham for your kind words.

Apologies for a failed link on the Waterloo diorama.

The other museums are,

HorsePower: The Museum of the King's Royal Hussars
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Serle's House
The Gurkha Museum
Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps

We were en route to Southampton so these are for another day, subject to permission from high command!

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Graeme on 07 Aug 2018, 11:40

Thanks for the info, I think that would be eleven pounds very well spent. :-)
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Posted by Kekso on 07 Aug 2018, 15:56

Thank you for this wonderful report and lots of great pictures (and not asking us to visit your blog for more as some others do :mrgreen: )
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Posted by Rich W on 07 Aug 2018, 22:50

Thanks for sharing Chris, enjoyed the plentiful pictures!
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Posted by Susofrick on 08 Aug 2018, 08:02

Very nice report and it looks like a very nice place! And I don't mind that much visiting blogs for more. :-D
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Posted by MABO on 08 Aug 2018, 08:27

I add my thank you as well. It is far away from my home, so I am really happy to get some impressions.
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Posted by Peter on 06 Oct 2018, 20:01

Thanks for sharing this with us Chris! Looks like a real nice museum with some great diorama's! :thumbup:

PS: Remco has some real nice shirts for sale to pose on pictures! :mrgreen:
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Posted by Marvin on 06 Oct 2018, 20:25

Great to see these pics.

I visited this museum about 5 years ago, finding time thankfully to also visit Horsepower and the Hampshire Regimental museum too. All were great but the Rifles museum is one of the best I've seen, really worth a visit.
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