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The Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester

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The Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, England was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the regiment's former Colonel in Chief, in 1989. It is situated within Peninsula Square, formerly Peninsular Barracks, the home of The Rifle Depot. The Museum is adjacent to Winchester’s Great Hall and within easy walking distance of the City centre.An outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and medals with inter-active and handling exhibits, is set out over two floors and records the history of The Green Jackets Brigade, The Royal Green Jackets and its antecedent Regiments - The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry,, The King's Royal Rifle Corps and The Rifle Brigade from 1741 to the present day.Early Years and Napoleonic WarsOn the first floor the exhibition, entitled 'With the Rifles to Waterloo', opened in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, is focused on the Napoleonic Wars. Interactive displays and weapon handling exhibits cover the creation in 1800 of the Experimental Corps of Riflemen (later the 95th or Rifle Brigade), and the story of the famous Light Division commanded by Sir John Moore in the Peninsula War. Set against a display of original campaign medals from the period, spelling out ‘WATERLOO’ the centrepiece of the exhibition is a 25 square metre diorama of the Waterloo battlefield on which 30,000 model soldiers and horses, with an accompanying sound and light commentary, depict the fighting on 18 June 1815.
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  • We had some time on ours hands and decided to take in one of the military museums in Winchester, this happened to be the first that we got to. Initial impression was very good, bright and well display...  more »
  • An excellent quality museum. Loads for the kids. ( had to drag them away from dressing up areas!) And a quiz for them for the way round. The battle of Waterloo model was very clever. Worth watching th...  more »
  • I have visited this museum many times and it just keeps getting better. If you like military museums and this sort of things it a must visit. Over 2 floors of history of the Royal Green Jackets / The ...  more »
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  • Amazing history for one regiment. Having the Baker rifle you can handle is amazing. Well worth the visit for any military enthusiastics.
  • Brilliant exhibits, really well presented. Definitely worth a visit.
  • The finest regimental museum in the world - The RIFLES - the best :-)
  • Great