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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  • August 14, 2017
    Not the biggest fan of museums but this was good and we spent a good two hours there so was good value for money.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Excellent museum showing the history of this illustrious regiment and its forebears. There is a lot of information to take in and of course a lot of history. The museum is well laid out and the staff ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    For old soldiers of lovers of history this is a must .And if you love the Bernard Cornwall SHARPE novels its a must see place to learn the history of the Green Jackets and the 95th rifels . Good colle...  more »
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  • Excellent There is a stear lift to those whom can't go up on the stears. Fantastic displays! The entrance fee was £3.75. Carers goes free!
  • Lovely little museum about the Green Jackets. Good wheelchair access too
  • Amazing history for one regiment. Having the Baker rifle you can handle is amazing. Well worth the visit for any military enthusiastics.
  • 200 hundred years of history of the light Division a must see .
  • The finest regimental museum in the world - The RIFLES - the best :-)

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Hotels, B&Bs, and inns offer rooms on the upper floors of the historical town center's Victorian, Georgian, and Tudor buildings. These look out over the pedestrian streets, markets, and shops, as well as provide a convenient location to the main attractions. Cottages for rent near the River Itchen are set among thick trees near the water, but are still within walking distance of many of the city attractions.
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