Museum Collections and Archive

The Rifles Museum collections include a wide variety of material from the ongoing history of The Rifles. With a mixture of clothing and equipment, objects collected from the various regions they have operated in, and artworks, the objects in the collection are the core for the many individual and group stories that reflect the pioneering spirit of The Rifles. And as a current Regiment these stories are going to continue to be created in all areas, from anti-poaching missions in Africa, training foreign forces in the middle east and humanitarian work around the world.

The Museum also holds the Regimental Archive for The Rifles. This is a developing resource to record the written and visual history of the Regiment, to allow current and future researchers to access. And as The Rifles were formed in 2007, unlike many Museum archives, we store mostly digital material, meaning as the Archive is developed and improved in the future, this accessibility will be of the highest quality.

Making Donations to our Collections

We want to record the experiences of The Rifles on operations since 2007, from the perspective of Riflemen and their families. If you or a member of your family is serving or has served in The Rifles, we need your support. We would like to collect any items of kit, communications you have written or received, blogs or video diaries you have made – anything that tells the story of your experience with The Rifles. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Emails/letters/postcards/cards/blueys/e-blueys/photo-blueys to and from family and friends
  • Poems/art/films/short stories inspired by your experiences
  • Diaries/journals/video-diaries/blogs/v-blogs
  • Photographs
  • Travel documents
  • Uniform/kit items/insignia
  • Aide memoires
  • Books and magazines you read
  • iPhone/iPod playlists
  • Gifts or goods you returned with
  • Names of places within FOBs and temporary signage
  • Accounts/experiences from families of those serving

The Rifles Museum is very grateful to those who give items or accounts to add to our collection. We are obliged to make sure that every acquisition is in line with our Collection Policy, and that we have the resources to conserve and store each item properly. As a result, it is not always possible for us to accept every object. However, in the event that we cannot accommodate your gift, we may be able to suggest an alternative recipient, giving priority to our associate museums, so please do contact us if you have something you would like to give. Download a copy of our Collections Development Policy for more information.

Email:   museum@the-rifles.co.uk

The Rifles Collection offers services for schools, groups and individuals wishing to learn more about the history of the Regiment.

Guided Tours are available upon request and can be themed around a set topic.

The museum works with Winchester’s Military Museums on an active Schools Workshops programme, featuring topics such as STEAM, History and Citizenship.

Historical Research

Historical Documents

 

The Rifles was formed in 2007 and therefore we do not hold Records of Service. We are also unable to carry out extensive research.

For queries relating to The Rifles Brigade and The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, please contact The Royal Green Jacket Museum.

Please check whether your query relates to one of our forming or former Regiments and contact the relevant museum from this list of museums as most of our network of museums offer a research service.

Otherwise for Records of Services, please contact the following locations, depending on when the individual joined the Army:

Pre-1920 – National Archives, Kew, Surrey, TW9 4DU

Post-1920 – Army Personnel Centre, Historic Disclosures, Mailpoint 400, Kentigern House, 65 Borwn Street, Glasgow, G2 8EX

For historical research requests internally from serving members of the Regiment only, please contact Christopher Gale on: museum@the-rifles.co.uk

Queries for the Regimental Historian, Dr Huw Davies, can also be sent to this email address and will be forwarded as necessary.