Ian Edmed visited the home of the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum to present a cheque for £400 on behalf of the Bloomsbury Rifles Lodge.
Chairman of the RGJ (Rifles) Museum Trustees, Brigadier (retd) Vere Hayes, received the cheque outside of the entrance to the museum thanking the Lodge for the donation. The money will go towards the modernisation of the displays, some of which are 40 years old, bringing the displays up to date.
Situated adjacent to Winchester’s Great Hall and within easy walking distance of the City centre, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, opened in 1989, is one of the best regimental museums in the Country. It is also one of Winchester’s five military museums. Visited by thousands every year, the Museum records, visually, graphically and entertainingly, the history of three of the most famous regiments in the British Army.
Laid out chronologically, the Museum’s displays tell of the part played by the regiments in campaigning for peace over two and half centuries, and how the regiments’ approach to soldiering and readiness to adopt new ideas were often ahead of the rest. The Museum also provides a fitting focus on courage with a special Victoria Cross display, including a touch screen giving visitors access to detailed information about the actions and personal histories of each of the regiments’ 59 Victoria Cross winners.