London Rifles

RIFLES Freedom of Wellington Exhibition

From 12-17th June 2023, The Rifles Museum hosted a temporary exhibition in Wellington, Somerset to support The Rifles being granted the Freedom of the town. The exhibition was displayed in the ‘Pop-Up Shop’, located in Fore Street, Wellington. Its success was due in no small part to the strong working…

Training at the National Army Museum

Between 17-21st April, the Assistant Curator of The Rifles Museum attended a curators training course at the National Army Museum. Located in Chelsea, London, the NAM tells the story of the British Army – from the English Civil War to modern day. Those of us on the course had great…

Welwyn Garden City Cadet Detachment Visit

On Saturday 25th March 2023, a group of cadets and instructors from the Welwyn Garden City Detachment, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force visited Winchester’s Military Museums. This detachment is cap badged RIFLES and were previously linked with the Royal Green Jackets. The group first visited the Royal Green Jackets…

Somerset Military Museum

This month, the Assistant Curator of The Rifles Museum visited the Museum of Somerset, housed in Taunton Castle. Part of the museum is the Somerset Military Museum, which tells the story of an antecedent of The Rifles – the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) – as well as regiments of…

RIFLES Portrait Donation

This month, photographer Rory Lewis kindly donated a series of six portrait photographs of Riflemen to The Rifles Museum. The photos were taken of officers and men from 1st Battalion, The Rifles at Beachley Barracks, Chepstow, in 2017. The following paragraph appeared on Rory Lewis’ blog: “Rory Lewis is pleased…

Museum School Visits

November 2021 saw numerous school trips coming to Winchesters Military Museums, including The Rifles. In December, representatives from WMM attended an event at one of the schools that had visited us, where we were shown a museum that the children had made themselves. Each week in November, we had at…

Peninsula Poppies

To mark Remembrance Day, The Rifles Museum hosted ‘Peninsula Poppies’, between the 8-13th November. The self-led activities included paper plate poppy making and Remembrance-themed colouring. Poppy making had previously been an annual activity in the Museum. However, it had not taken place in 2020, due to the pandemic. Most of the…

Peninsula Pumpkins

For the first time since 2019, this October we hosted ‘Peninsula Pumpkins’ at The Rifles Museum. These Halloween activities included pumpkin carving, colouring, local and military ghost stories, and pumpkin recipe handouts. Due to the pandemic, ‘Peninsula Pumpkins’ did not take place in 2020. For 2021, I was keen to…

Summer Activities (2021)

During the school Summer Holidays of 2021, The Rifles Museum hosted a wide range of fun family activities. These included crafts, such as making swords, medals and Riflemen dolls, and camouflaged-themed colouring. However, because of restrictions due to social distancing, our activities could not yet be hosted in the Museum.…

Riflemen Dolls Half-Term Activity

Last week, The Rifles Museum hosted our first in-person activities since the start of lockdown – over a year ago. How time flies! This Summer half term holiday, we were making wooden Riflemen dolls, which have proven a favourite in the past. However, this holiday’s activities were a little different.…

The Rifles Museum News (2020)

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. The Rifles Museum first closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic on the 18th March 2020. During the subsequent lockdown period, the Museum was able to increase its social media output with new quizzes, heritage posts, and Museum and Regimental news updates. We…