Austen's Officers: Then and Now

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Event information
Location: The Rifles Collection, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Hampshire, Winchester, SO23 8TS
Start date: 28/10/2017
End date: 28/10/2017
Start time: 18:00
End time: 20:00
Price: £12.00
Contact: Miss Melanie Marsh (Curator)
Telephone: 01962 828505

Join us at The Rifle's Collection on the 28th October for a talk on Jane Austen's Officers and how they compare to our current serving Officers in The Rifles. Jane Austen published her four best-known novels between 1811 and 1815, so the Officers she depicts would have fought across Spain and France in the Peninsula War. Many of these regiments have now formed into The Rifles Regiment and the current Officers follow in their footsteps. So this is a great opportunity to see serving Officers from The Rifles discuss their own experiences and compare them to their predecessors, whilst Maj (Retd) Robert Yuill will also deliver a talk on the real Officers that would have inspired Jane Austen's characters. 

Furthermore, the exciting I am a Rifleman exhibition will also be on display from Heritage Open Day on 9th September through till the end of the year. The exhibition will focus on the ethos and characteristics that define The Rifles, broken into four themes with core stories and items from The Rifles' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as recent operations. The Museum is open from 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, as well as Sunday's from 11am-4pm; but please note that by October the museum will be closed on Sunday's. See the website for more details. Entry is free but donations would be much appreciated. 





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