|Looking for: ||Museums / Galleries|
|Address: ||The Wardrobe Military Museum
58 The Close
|Postcode: ||SP1 2EX|
|Age Group: ||All Ages|
|Kids Activity: ||Indoors|
|Telephone: ||01722 419419|
|Website: ||Click Here|
Royal Berkshire Regiment, with its Museum in Brock Barracks, Oxford
Road, Reading, and The Wiltshire Regiment whose Museum was in Le
Marchant Barracks, London Road, Devizes, merged in 1959 to become the
Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment. However the 2 Museums continued on
their separate sites for a number of years before the move to a united
Regimental Headquarters and Museum in Salisbury occurred in the early
1980s. The DERR Museum was officially opened by HRH The Duke of
Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, on 29 July 1982.
1994 DERR amalgamated with the Gloucestershire Regiment to form the
Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. The collection
and archives of the Gloucestershire Regiment are housed in the Soldiers
of Gloucestershire Museum, Custom House, Gloucester GL1 2HE
2005 the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment became
the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and in
2007 merged with a number of other regiments to form The Rifles. The
Museum therefore changed its name again to the present title of The
Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum.
relates to the regular, militia and volunteer infantry units of
Berkshire and Wiltshire. It does not contain any items for the yeomanry
units of either county – see Links page for details of their museums –
or other military units directly associated with the two counties.
Collection is displayed in 4 ground floor rooms and tells the story of
our Regiments and the soldiers in them over the last 250 years.
Inevitably lack of space means that a large number of items are not on
show – you can explore many of these through the online search facility
on this website.
The Museum Shop
The Museum has a book and
gift shop in which you will find items which relate to subjects
represented in the collection (souvenirs, postcards and a selection of
books with a theme sympathetic to the museum). You can now shop on-line.
The Wardrobe has a converted
coach house, which is now the Bernières Tea Room. It is generally open
on a daily basis from 10 am until 2 pm. Available are Morning Coffee,
Home Cooked Lunches and baguettes or sandwiches to order. You are
advised to confirm opening times with Bernières staff before a visit, on
01722 413666. There are no public parking facilities at the Wardrobe
for Bernières customers.
welcomes organised school groups for two types of structured sessions;
‘Remembrance’ and ‘The Home Front’. A charge is made for the service.
Please telephone museum staff to discuss your requirements.
may visit the Museum to draw, but please note that only dry materials
(but not charcoal nor sprays) are allowed.
10am - 5pm. Apr - Sep: Daily. Mar & Oct: Mon-Sat. Feb & Nov Tues-Sat. Dec & Jan: Closed.
Groups: £2 per head, by appt
School Parties: By appointment