Salisbury Museum - The Wardrobe
If you have visited the Wardrobe, I hope you took the opportunity to view the refurbished displays, the first major internal change since the museum opened twenty years ago. For members of the Association perhaps the most significant changes are the great increase in space for service since World War II and the display of selected individual sets of medals with biographical information and many photographs.
As a member of the Association you get free entry, so please come and see us.
It has been heartning to see some of you who served during the World War II writing down your memories. However, for the sake of those coming afer you, personal accounts of periods of conflict are generally appreciated. If you have written notes and would like them typed or have an account for your own benifit, please consider passing a copy to the museum.
The museum has forty-two volunteers at present, carrying out many tasks from manning the front desk, through cataloguing the collection, to transcribing the war diaries. Volunteers are well on their way, transcribing the diaries for World War II. This process is quicker as many were typed and there are only nine. The transcribed diaries will be available on our website and will be published in paperback, starting in 2003.
Also on our website are over 6000 images from our collection, more than 4000 of them being photographs. If you have a photograph of your battalion's activities which we are not displaying please let us know to discuss passing a copy for the archives. The same applies to any cine film and video. We have started a programme to convert all cine film or video tapes recordings of Regimental activities. Please contact the Curator to discuss copying them.
The museum has started its own newsletter on behalf of the Friends. The first issue of twenty pages, was distributed in November 2002. It is sent free to Friends of the museum and the Wardrobe Hundred Club subscribers. A copy will be sent to each Association Branch but to get your own copy you should join the Friends of the Wardrobe Hundred Club.
Details from the Curator, David Chilton at Salisbury 01722 414536.
Objects continue to be donated from training manuals to highly personal items, such as the cross which marked the grave of Lieutenant Lawrence Hicks, 2nd Wiltshire's, killed on 5 November 1918. All objects associated with our Regiments would be welcome as gifts, which can always be viewed by families in the future. One loan currently being arranged, is the medals of Colonel John Hill. They were left to his grandson, who has decided to pass them on loan to the museum for display, a most welcome and generous decision.
This is a copy of the notes from David Chilton which was included in the Annual Newsletter, 2003