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The Royal Green Jackets / Rifles Museum

Always a warm welcome

Lots to see and lots to do

The original Curator of the Royal Green Jackets Museum was Ron Cassidy

Ron Cassidy with his new recruits outside The Museum

Picture sourced from a Museum leaflet 

The Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, England showcases artifacts from British military history, specifically that of the Royal Green Jackets regiment and its antecedent regiments.

The spotlight on the Royal Green Jackets (1966) includes the Green Jackets Brigade (1958), the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, The King`s Royal Rifle Corps (1755), The Rifle Brigade, and other military organizations dating back to 1741.

The museum houses uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings, medals, battle models and dioramas, including:

34 of the Regiment’s Victoria Cross medals are on display

Writing case used by General James Wolfe at Quebec

Clothing worn by the Duke of Wellington.

Nine scale models of famous battles, including a Battle of Waterloo diorama made up of 22,000 pieces

Prisoner of War uniform worn by Sergeant Andy McNab after the Iraqis captured him in 1991.

Visitors also have the opportunity to fire a replica of the baker rifle.

Queen Elizabeth II, the regiment’s commanding officer, opened the museum in 1989.


Kenny Gray showing off a set of medals outside the museum 

Picture by Memorial at Peninsula Ltd

Over the Hills and far away

From You Tube

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Other pictures from Google

To view on line the Museum Trust reports Google RGJ MUSEUM REPORTS




The Trustees present their report and financial statements for the year ended 31st December 2011.

The RGJ (Rifles) Museum is a MOD sponsored and part-funded museum, accredited by the Arts Council (Registration No: 959). The RGJ Museum Trust is a registered charity (1009691), legally constituted by a Declaration of Trust dated 19 December 1991.

The Museum has an operating company (2193863), which generates income by trading through the Museum shop and which manages the charitable operation of the Museum on the Trust’s behalf. The Trust provides grant-in-aid from its own income, including donations from its restricted funds, to assist the Trading Company in funding the Museum’s charitable operating costs and programme of improvements.

Structure, Governance and Management
The Trust Deed, amended by Resolution on 30 October 2009, provides for the appointment of 12 elected Trustees and two ex-officio Trustees. Elected trustees are appointed for an initial period of five years, renewable up to a maximum of ten years, with provision to exceed ten years in exceptional circumstances.

An audit of Trustees’ competencies is periodically carried out by the Board to ensure that its members collectively have the skills required for the Board to do its job properly as required by Charity law. When gaps are identified, new Trustees are sought within the total number allowed. The names of potential candidates are then considered at a Trustees’ meeting, with no formal approach made to potential candidates without the full agreement of the Board. If, after being approached, potential candidates indicate a readiness to serve on the Board, a meeting with the Chairman is arranged at the Museum and, inter alia, the responsibilities of Trustees explained and the candidate given a copy of Charity Commission publications CC3/CC3a. The potential candidate also receives an induction pack including a copy of the Trust Deed, the latest annual accounts and the minutes of recent meetings. If the candidate remains ready to be nominated as a Trustee, his or her name goes forward to the Board for election, or otherwise, at the next Board meeting. Any further induction required, including training, takes place thereafter.

There were a number of changes in the membership of the Board of the Museum Trust during 2011 with the resignation of Mrs D. Grahame OBE MVO on 31 October 2011 and Mr R Frost MBE on 31 December 2011. Brigadier J.C.W. Maciejewski DSO MBE and Mr S.J. Little were appointed Trustees on 24 June and Mr T.C.K.K. Wright CBE on 25 June 2011.

The Board meets formally three times a year to review the operation of the Museum, including its financial position; to make decisions regarding the future of the Museum; to approve the Forward Plan for the next 12 months, including the establishment of Key Performance Indicators; and to set the budget for the year ahead.

The Board is served by a General Purpose and Finance (GP&F) Committee, which handles matters of detail on the Board’s behalf and which meets periodically to agree and co-ordinate business activities.

Day-to-day management of the Museum rests with the Museum Curator and her staff, who administer the Museum as directed by MOD and the Trustees.

Statement of Risk
The Trustees have considered the major risks to which the Charity could be exposed and have reviewed the systems and arrangements in place to mitigate such risks; a risk register and ongoing system of review are in place. They are unaware of any irregularities, including fraud, involving the management or employees of


the Charity, or of any instances of actual or possible non-compliance with laws, regulations or agreements, that might result in the Charity suffering significant penalties or other loss.

Purpose, Vision and Objectives
The legal object of the RGJ Museum Trust, as stated in the Trust Deed, is to hold the Regimental Collection upon Trust for the purpose of upholding the traditions of the Regiment and of perpetuating its deeds.

The legal object has been developed into a Mission Statement as follows: “The purpose of The Royal Green Jackets Museum Trust is to collect, document, preserve, display and provide access to material relating to The Royal Green Jackets and its antecedent regiments, and to use and interpret this material for the education and benefit of members of the Armed Forces and the public of all ages and backgrounds.”

The Trustees’ vision for the future is that: “The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum should be widely recognised as a dynamic and progressive constituent of Winchester’s Military Museums that capitalises on the excellence of its collection and modern technology to reach out and provide information and an experience for visitors and users that excites, inspires, educates and appeals, which prompts them to return, and which generates sufficient income for the Museum to develop and flourish.”

The Museum’s Objectives during 2011 were:
MO 1 To attract additional visitors and users of all ages and backgrounds, and to be more accessible to all, including electronically
MO 2 To optimise the use of resources and maximise revenue generation in order to achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency and realise the Museum’s purpose and vision more easily and swiftly
MO 3 To manage, conserve and develop the Museum Collection, including its archives, efficiently and effectively
MO 4 To sustain the current programme of continuous improvement of the Museum and its displays
MO 5 To exercise good governance and administer the Museum in accordance with best practice, providing opportunity for the staff to acquire the necessary skills to develop and realise their full potential
MO 6 To develop existing partnership arrangements to mutual advantage and seek others

Public Benefit
In the Trustees’ view, the Mission Statement is compliant with the Charities Act 2006 and subsequent Charity Commission guidance, highlighting, explicitly and implicitly, the public benefit arising from the Trust’s use of its collection to educate Servicemen and the public at large about the character, activities and history of The Royal Green Jackets and the British Army in general. In particular, the Trust’s educational activities emphasise the importance of the interaction between the civil and military in developing a full understanding of the role, significance and advancement in the modern world of citizenship, human rights and conflict resolution.

Achievement and Performance 2011
The Trustees pre-determined five Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (targets) used to measure the Museum’s achievements during 2011 were:
KPI 1 Achieve 11,450 recorded visits to the Museum
KPI 2 Operate within the budgetary limits set in the Budget for 2011
KPI 3 Complete a 5-year Development Plan by 31 October 2011
KPI 4 Increase the number of monthly visitors to the Museum website from 2,500 to 2,750 by 31 December 2011
KPI 5 Complete computer-cataloguing on MODES of 80% of the Museum’s collection of artefacts at Winchester by not later than 31 December 2011



KPI 1 was achieved with 13,367 recorded visits, the highest number since an accurate count was instituted in 1999 (2010: 10,756). This substantial increase was almost wholly due to the success of the summer exhibition ‘The WI in Hampshire in Peace and War’ which attracted significant numbers of WI members. In addition, 352 people attended seven evening talks in Winchester (2010: 257 people at six talks).

KPI 2 was achieved.

KPI 3 was not achieved by 31 October 2011 but by 2 March 2012.

KPI 4 was achieved with the number of website visitors averaging 2,886 per month between 1 January and 31 December 2011.

KPI 5 was achieved with 80.6% of the Museum’s artefacts in Winchester catalogued on MODES by 31 December 2011. 2,435 medals remained outstanding.

During 2011 the Museum ran a programe of events comparable to previous years. In addition to the summer exhibition and evening talks referred to above, two ‘Fun for All’ days were held, one in April and the other in August. The Museum also participated with Winchester’s Military Museums in an Armed Forces’ Sunday Fun Day on 26 June 2011 and in the national Heritage Open Days over the weekend 10/11 September 2011. Additionally, the year was punctuated with schoolchildren’s visits, with 393 pupils from 13 schools attending sessions hosted collectively by Winchester’s Military Museums (2010: 731).

During 2011 the Museum staff responded to 284 research enquiries relating to the Museum Collection, including its archives, regimental history and the service of former members of the Regiment (2010: 355). This generated £2,511 in fee income (2010: £2,469). There were also a number of very welcome acquisitions, including the field marshal’s baton of Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG GCB OBE MC, and the medals of Lieutenant-Colonel R.A. Flower OBE MC, a veteran of the ‘Snipe’ action at El Alamein, the latter purchased with money raised by individual subscription.

Financial Review
The Trust Fund, assisted by Gift Aid recoveries, finished the year in a satisfactory position with current assets of £164,387, £10,888 less than at the start of the year due to the grants made to the Museum Trading Company from the General and Development Funds to cover planned expenditure on the installation of a number of new displays, brighter lighting, and the updating and rationalisation of the security alarm systems.

As at 31 December 2011, the balance standing to the credit of each fund was:

General (Unrestricted) Fund £44,459 (2010: £40,501)
Development Fund £51,858 (2010: £38,918)
Endowment Fund £46,572 (2010: £44,495)
Oxford & Bucks (Oxf & Bucks) LI Fund £36,344 (2010: £36,515)
It is Trustees’ policy to maintain the ‘free reserves’ of the Charity – that is those unrestricted funds not committed or invested in tangible fixed assets – at a level to provide sufficient funds to cover the management, administration and support costs of the Charity for a period of 6 months without income from admission or trading. In fulfilment of this policy, the Trustees aimed in 2011 to retain free reserves of not less than £30,000, a sum which is presently covered by the credit balance held in the General (Unrestricted) Fund.


Plans for the Future
The Museum’s mission, vision and principal objectives remain unchanged in 2012 from those in 2011. In particular, and in fulfilment of these objectives, the Board has identified six principal priorities for action:
 To prepare for submission an application to Arts Council England for re-assessment of the Museum for Accreditation by 29 April 2013.
 To plan ahead in order to mitigate the financial and staffing consequences of the loss of MOD funding for a museum assistant by 31 March 2014.
 To establish a lease on the Museum building as soon as possible.
 To introduce an updated Museum Audience Development Plan by 30 June 2012.
 To complete preparation and the deposit of the Museum’s archives with Hampshire Records Office ideally by 31 December 2012 and by not later than 31 March 2013.
 To expand the reach of the Museum to new and broader audiences through enhancing the ‘visitor experience’ and by developing relevant content and engaging stories.

The six Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which Trustees will use to measure the Museum’s achievements in 2012 are:
KPI 1 Achieve 12,000 recorded visits to the Museum
KPI 2 Achieve an in-year minimum Gift Aid admission rate of 40%
KPI 3 Achieve an average of 3,000 monthly visitors to the Museum website
KPI 4 Complete computer-cataloguing on MODES of 95% of the Museum’s collection of artefacts at Winchester (and 100% by 31 March 2013)
KPI 5 Achieve 75% of visitors surveyed rating the Museum ‘Very Good’
KPI 6 Operate within the budgetary limits set for 2012

In 2012 the Museum will again sustain a full programme of activities for public benefit comparable to previous years. Further major improvements to a number of displays are planned, paid for from the Development Fund. Meanwhile Trustees are conscious that staff resources are being stretched to the limit to achieve all that is desired and that prioritisation of effort, including in the allocation of limited funds, is essential.
The financial statements were approved by the Board of Trustees on [29 June 2012].
CBQ Wallace
Lieutenant-General Sir Christopher Wallace
Chairman of the Trustees

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