What To See

The Rifles Museum has re-opened! Please check the Plan Your Visit page for detailed opening times...

Main Gallery

The Main Gallery in The Rifles Museum offers a fascinating insight into the story of the largest infantry regiment of the British Army.

Immerse yourself into their history and exciting campaigns, and find out what it is like to be a Rifleman, including trying on their uniform and battle armour!

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Our permanent gallery tells the 21st Century stories of The Rifles, from the forming in Iraq through to recent work in peace keeping, training foreign forces and anti-poaching.

Packed with personal items and individual soldiers’ accounts, it is a meaningful experience for all to enjoy and explore.

Exhibitions

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Unseen Art – The Art of a Regiment

21 January 2020 to 9 May 2020 [Extended to Summer 2021]

As part of the museum’s changing exhibition series, this exhibition features a selection of artworks and silver owned by The Rifles Regiment. Including a mixture of portraits, freedom and friendship gifts and presentation pieces, this display will look at why military organisations commission and collect art, and how painting can be used during the recovery and rehabilitation of injured Riflemen.

Free Entry

Events and Workshops

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Riflemen Dolls

26 – 27 July 2022

Come into The Rifles Museum make a wooden Rifleman doll. Copy the real uniforms of the Regiment or come up with your own design!

Discover the story of the uniforms of The Rifles, and enjoy uniform-themed colouring.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

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Medal Making

9 – 10 August 2022

Create your own medal in The Rifles Museum – either copying a real military medal or coming up with your own design! What will your medal be awarded for?

Learn the story of medals in the British Army and enjoy medal colouring sheets.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

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Camouflage Colouring

30 August – 3 September 2022

Copy some real military camouflage patterns or come up with your own! How will your camouflage keep a Rifleman hidden?

Find out more the history of camouflage in the British Army and The Rifles.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Free

Recommended age: All

 

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Remembrance Poppies

7 – 12 November 2022

Make either a paper plate poppy or poppy wreath. We will also be offering Remembrance-themed colouring.

Both a fun craft activity and a chance to remember the sacrifices made by those that gave up their lives for us.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (last Museum entry at 3:15pm)

Free

Recommended age: All

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Sword Making

14 – 15 February 2023

Make and decorate your own sword from cardboard and tin foil.

Did you know that in The Rifles, what the rest of the Army usually call ‘bayonets’ are known as ‘swords’? Come along to discover why!

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

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Rifleman Eggbert

11 – 12 April 2023

Create your own ‘Rifleman Eggbert’, who never cracks under pressure! Colour him in and attach his arms and legs.

While in the Museum, learn how camouflage developed in the British Army and in the antecedents of The Rifles.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

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Quadbike Building

2 – 3 August 2022

Create a quadbike from an eggbox in The Rifles Museum this Summer holiday! Copy the real British Army quadbike in the Museum (which you can also sit on – a great photo opportunity!) or come up with a vehicle of your own design.

Also, find out why the Army uses quadbikes and do some vehicle colouring.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

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Caps and Cap Badges

16 – 17 August  |  23 – 24 August 2022

Decorate a cap with a cap badge – will you copy the cap badge of The Rifles, one of the antecedent regiments or come up with your own design?

Discover the importance and significance of cap badges in the British Army, and enjoy badge-themed colouring.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £5

Recommended age: 4+

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Peninsula Pumpkins

25 – 27 October 2022

Design your pumpkin jack-o’-lantern and the Museum staff will carve it for you!

Also enjoy creepy Halloween colouring and pick up some mysterious military ghost stories.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Lyburn Farm (www.lyburnfarm.co.uk).

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £5

Recommended age: 4+ 

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Christmas Card Making

December 2022

Come into The Rifles Museum and make your own Christmas card! Use one of our templates, and wish someone special a Merry Rifles Christmas, or create your own design.

Also, enjoy fun and festive Christmas colouring.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (last Museum entry at 3:15pm)

Free

Recommended age: All

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Eggbox Tanks

4 – 5 April 2023

Decorate a cap with a cap badge – will you copy the cap badge of The Rifles, one of the antecedent regiments or come up with your own design?

Discover the story of how current Riflemen, and those of antecedent regiments, have fought alongside and against tanks.

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

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Ranks of The Rifles

30 – 31 May 2023

Make your own rank badge by copying the real ranks used by the British Army.

Learn why rank titles are different in The Rifles, such as ‘Rifleman’ instead of ‘Private’, and why ‘Serjeant’ is spelt with a ‘J’!

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Suggested donation: £2

Recommended age: 4+

Touring Exhibition

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I am a Rifleman

Drawing on our unique collections and stories, we have created a touring exhibition, I am a Rifleman. We are always looking to develop new partnerships and hope to curate more touring exhibitions in the future!

For further information on our touring exhibition offer, please download the information pack below or contact us by email on museum@the-rifles.co.uk

Download the I am a Rifleman information pack here

Read more about the exhibition here

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As the nation gradually unlocks The Rifles Museum is pleased to confirm that we have re-opened! Please check the Plan Your Visit page to check our opening times for Summer 2021…

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