The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum houses material relating to the regiment and its forebears, with displays on their history as the County Regiment for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for almost 300 years. The collection encompasses uniforms, medals, weapons and equipment, along with a wealth of personal items and souvenirs from the soldiers and an extensive photographic archive dating from 1860. Recently redisplayed with a HLF grant, the museum focusses on the service and sacrifice of both World Wars, displaying individual stories of courage and bravery, along with the various Victoria Crosses won by the regiment. The galleries also cover Georgian and Victorian soldiering, and service between the wars in Palestine and India, as well as more recent campaigns in Malaya, Borneo and Northern Ireland.
The museum displays unique items such as the name plate and port light of the HMT River Clyde from the Gallipoli landings, and part of the original D-Day briefing maps.
The museum has a selection of family activity sheets and trails always available, and provides regular guided talks and tours to a range of groups including schools, Cubs, veterans, and the military, as well as outreach activities off-site.
The museum is housed in the beautiful Serle’s House, built in the 1730s and home to the regimental headquarters since 1752. The museum has a Memorial Garden outside to commemorate the 10,000 men who lost their lives in World Wars 1 and 2 and to provide a quiet space for reflection.