The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum

The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum is a military museum at The Close in Salisbury, England. It is housed in a Grade II* listed building known as The Wardrobe.[1]

The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum
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The Wardrobe, Salisbury
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum is located in Wiltshire
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum
Shown in Wiltshire
Established1982
LocationThe Close, Salisbury, England
Coordinates51°03′58″N 1°47′59″W / 51.0662°N 1.7996°W / 51.0662; -1.7996Coordinates: 51°03′58″N 1°47′59″W / 51.0662°N 1.7996°W / 51.0662; -1.7996
TypeMilitary Museum
Websitewww.thewardrobe.org.uk

HistoryEdit

The original building on the site was constructed in 1254.[2] It was rebuilt in the 15th century and was used to store the robes of the Bishop of Salisbury; hence it was known as the "Bishop's Wardrobe" or "The Wardrobe".[2]

CollectionEdit

The museum combines the collections of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, which had a museum at Brock Barracks in Reading, and the Wiltshire Regiment, which had a museum at Le Marchant Barracks in Devizes.[3] The trustees of the museum acquired "The Wardrobe" from the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral in 1981 and the new museum was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment Museum in July 1982.[3] It was branded as "Redcoats in the Wardrobe" in 1991 and then became the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (Salisbury) Museum in 1994 and the Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum in 2007.[3] It now has extensive artefacts relating to both the Royal Berkshire Regiment and the Wiltshire Regiment.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Wardrobe". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Salisbury". Time travel Britain. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "History". The Wardrobe. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ "The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum". Ogilby Museums. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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