The Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps
is situated in the Guard House of Peninsula Barracks in Winchester and
is open on Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and entrance is
The Museum staff can be
contacted on ++44 (0)1962 877826
Museum is a Registered Charity Number 1075877
Before the formation
of the Adjutant General's Corps in 1992, four of the Antecedent Corps had their own museum. The Royal Army Pay
Corps Museum was at Worthy Down, the Royal Army Educational Corps Museum
was at Eltham Palace in West London, with some displays at Beaconsfield
and the Women’s Royal Army Corps Museum was at Guildford. The
Royal Military Police Museum is still housed at Chichester.
amalgamation in 1992 the Royal Army Pay Corps Museum remained at Worthy
Down until 1993 at which point it was boxed and stored in a variety of
places. The Eltham Palace Museum closed but the Beaconsfield
display remained in being. These two displays have now been gifted
by their Trustees to the Adjutant General’s Corps Museum Trust.
The Royal Military Police Museum at Chichester remains in being, but
parts of the collection are incorporated into the AGC Museum.
The Military Provost Staff Corps has a small display, mainly for
teaching purposes at Colchester, and elements of this enhance the
AGC collection. The Army Legal Services does not have a collection as
such, but efforts are being made to ensure that this important element
of the Corps is fully represented in any future display.
WRAC Museum was gifted to the National Army Museum and this made the
task of putting together a combined museum a bit more difficult.
However, with the co-operation of the National Army Museum, artefacts
were assembled so that the new Museum is representative of the
complete Corps, past and present.
The main problem about having a Corps Museum was the lack of
Various options were considered over the years
since 1992: Chichester, Winchester, Aldershot or a ‘green field’ site
somewhere. For a number of reasons these options were dismissed
with the exception of Winchester which was always the favourite because
of its closeness to Worthy Down; the Corps enjoys the honour of having
the Freedom of the City of Winchester.
In 2001, Serle’s House in Southgate Street in Winchester, a
building owned by the MOD, was about to be sold and the Royal Hampshire
Regiment Museum that had occupied the building was about to become
homeless. A feasibility study was conducted on using the Guard
Peninsula Barracks as a possible new site and a draft refurbishment plan
was prepared. In the event, it was not needed as Hampshire County
Council bought Serle’s House and the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum was
able to remain there.
provided a window of opportunity for the Corps to obtain the old
Guard House and a case was carefully put together.
After some negotiating, the proposal was accepted and the Peninsula Barracks Guardroom is now
the site of the Adjutant General’s Corps Museum. The refurbishment
project to transform the Guardroom into a Museum has been beautifully
carried out and the building has now being converted into a modern
Museum. The Corps commissioned the National Army Museum to carry
out the design and the letting of the necessary Contracts to allow the
conversion to take place.
Peninsula Barracks can
trace its history back to Roman times and it has been a military place
since the Middle Ages. A large part of the barracks has been sold and
converted to prestigious residential property. However, a number of the
Victorian buildings have been retained as Military Museums.
There are four other
Military Museums on the site and the AGC Museum includes a Visitor and
Site Interpretation Centre.
of the Adjutant General's Corps Museum
The AGC Museum was officially opened by Her Majesty
The Queen on Friday 21 November 2003.
Accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal
Highness The Duchess of Gloucester, Her Majesty The Queen officially
opened the new Adjutant General's Corps Museum in Peninsula Barracks in
Winchester. During the opening ceremony Her Majesty toured the newly
building and spoke to many of those who were involved in the project.
The gateway to Winchester's Military Museums, the AGC Museum is the
latest addition to the Museums housed in Peninsula Barracks and also
hosts a Visitor Centre with a Cafe where visitors can relax when
visiting the Museums.
One of the most prized items in the Museum is a War Department Driving
Permit that once belonged to the Queen. It is on permanent display
inside the Museum.
Friends of the Museum
The Museum receives some financial support from
MOD, but running a museum is an expensive business and support is also
needed from other sources. The Friends of the Museum exists to help
provide some of the additional financial help, through annual
subscriptions. If you wish to become a Friend of the Museum please
download the following document that contains details of how you can
of the Museum application form