The Fusilier Museum launches search for military wedding dresses


The Fusilier Museum, Bury has launched a nationwide search to find military wedding dresses to feature in a new exhibition next year.   Army Wives: 100 Years of Bridal Fashion will feature a dress from each decade, showcasing the change in style and trends during the century. Dresses have already been sourced from the 10’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and 2010’s. Dresses are still required from army wives from the 20’s, 30&...

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The Fusilier Museum embarks on search for missing Victoria Cross


The Fusilier Museum, Bury has launched an international appeal to find a missing Victoria Cross (VC) medal which is to be included in a new exhibition to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.   The exhibition entitled 18 for 18 which is due to open in October this year is anticipated to include all eighteen Victoria Crosses which were awarded to the Lancashire Fusiliers during the Great War.   If successful in their search it will be the first time ever in 100 ye...

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The Band of Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) launch search for new Bandmaster


The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) is on the lookout to find a new bandmaster.   The voluntary role will work alongside, Musical Director Cathie Brookes in programming, rehearsing and training of the band which currently has 35 members.   Philip Mather who has held the prestigious title of bandmaster for 5 years recently retired leaving the position vacant.   Based at Castle Armoury in Bury, the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashir...

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Local fundraisers donate WW1 medals to military museum


A couple of local fundraisers have donated some iconic WW1 medals to the Fusilier Museum, Bury.   Paul and Ben Fox presented the medals to Chairman Colonel Brian Gorski and Sarah Stevenson, Collections Manager on a recent visit to the museum.   The medals which are affectionately named Pip, Squeak and Wilfred were awarded during the First World War. All three medals were worn together and in the same order from left to right — The 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, British War Med...

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Can you help? Searching for Veterans of the WW2 Burma Campaign


North West Film Archive and Channel 4 are working together to track down soldiers who appear in fascinating archive footage shot in India and Burma during WW2. If you are a veteran, a member of their family or a friend – we want to hear from you!    Calling Blighty is a series of short films made between 1944 and 1946.  Servicemen and women who were battling in horrendous conditions against the Japanese were filmed sending personal messages home to their family and fri...

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Piece Makers Exhibition visits The Fusilier Museum, Lancashire, Bury from 14 January 2015


The National Army Museum (NAM) is bringing the UK tour of its successful Piece Makers exhibition to The Fusilier Museum, Lancashire, Bury.   The culmination of a two-year creative collaboration between the NAM, contemporary artist Susan Stockwell and soldiers in rehabilitation, Piece Makers is touring regimental museums across the UK throughout 2014 and 2015. This follows a three-month run at the NAM, based in Chelsea, London.   Starting work on the project i...

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Six VC’s before breakfast – The Fusilier Museum’s search for a missing Victoria Cross for a new, commemorative exhibition to open in 2015


The Fusilier Museum, Bury is searching for a missing Victoria Cross (VC) to be included in a new and exciting exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landings in which the Lancashire Fusiliers famously won “Six VC’s before breakfast”. The ground breaking exhibition due to open in April 2015 will hopefully include all six Victoria Crosses if successful in their search and it will be the first time ever in 100 years that the VC’s have been on d...

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The Fusilier Museum secure Arts Council funding for Gallipoli centenary commemorations


The Fusilier Museum, Bury has been successful in securing £18,000 worth of funding from the Arts Council to commission a piece of music to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in which the Lancashire Fusiliers famously won “Six VC’s before breakfast”.The funding will include the commission of the composer, Martin Ellerby as well as a performance of the piece at the centenary celebrations in 2015. The performance will also co-inside with the launch of a g...

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Pam and Ken Linge to attend Gallipoli Commemorative Talk at The Fusilier Museum


An inspirational couple who have dedicated many years of their life to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme will be attending the Gallipoli Commemorative Talk at The Fusilier Museum later this month.   Pam and Ken Linge, the founders of The Thiepval Project have spent years investigating and creating a database to commemorate some of the 72,000 men who are listed on the Thiepval Memorial in France. The database currently has over 10,500 entries and contains...

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Gallipoli Oak author to host commemorative talk at The Fusilier Museum


Martin Purdy an academic historian and co-writer of The Gallipoli Oak will be hosting the first commemorative talk of the year at The Fusilier Museum during Gallipoli weekend. Martin will be signing copies of his book as well as providing visitors with a valuable insight into the story of Gallipoli on Saturday 26th April at 10.30am. The Gallipoli Oak tells the incredible story of the Lancashire oak tree, the teenager (Second Lieutenant Eric Duckworth) whose loss inspired a family t...

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The Fusilier Museum wins an award for its outstanding contribution to the 2013 Big Draw


The Fusilier Museum wins a Runner up Drawing Inspiration Award for its event When I grow up I want to be, which was part of the 2013 Big Draw. This prestigious Award recognises engaging and imaginative events that extend public perceptions of drawing.   The project included a local theatre group – Make it Public Productions - who brought to life the stories and aspirations of past learners and tutors from Bury Arts and Craft centre during an interactive workshop. All those taking...

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Ann Widdicombe to host coffee morning at The Fusilier Museum


Ann Widdicombe will be visiting the Fusilier Museum, Bury and taking part in a coffee morning on Saturday 2nd November 2013. The former MP, columnist and author will be talking about her life as well as signing copies of her latest book.   The event starts at 11am and all monies raised from the event will go towards museum funds. Tickets are priced at £6.50 and are available from the Tourist Information Centre or on the day. Ticket price includes coffee, tea and homemade cake by ...

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When I grow up I want to be…


The Fusilier Museum, Bury has been successful in securing £2,000 for a new, interactive workshop to encourage children and adults to draw what they aspire to be when they are older. The grant from Community Spaces will fund the workshop which will take place during October half term on Wednesday 30th at the Fusilier Museum. The free event will run from 1pm – 3pm in the Gallipoli Garden.   As part of the project a local theatre group – Make it Public Productions  ...

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The Fusilier Museum secure £1.4m funding for exciting new development


The Fusilier Museum, Bury has been successful in securing £1.4 million for its ‘Onward and Upward’ development project.   A crucial grant of £815,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will enable the first floor of the museum to be re-developed, creating new learning facilities and events spaces as well as providing improved collections storage and exhibitions.   As part of the project The Fusilier Museum will need to secure match funding of around ...

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Fanfare trumpets to officially open new exhibition at the Fusilier Museum


A new exhibition which tells the story of over 250 years of military bands in the 20th Regiment and later the Lancashire Fusiliers is set to open at The Fusilier Museum, Bury this Saturday (27th July). Strike up the Band will be officially opened by six fanfare trumpets from The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) Band.   For many years, military bands have served the regiments well by supporting soldiers serving in the ranks and by entertaining families and local civilians. &...

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Six weeks of FREE Summer Fun at the Fusilier Museum


Get down to The Fusilier Museum this summer with an exciting array of family activities taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Gallipoli Garden. Following the success of our programme last year we have included some new activities and old favourites.   Every Wednesday from 24th July to 28th August (1pm-3pm) the Museum will host a programme of FREE family activities with highlights including, a birds of prey demonstration, finger puppet and Mad Hatters Hat making as well as c...

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For an Easter Break crammed full of activities, take a trip to The Fusilier Museum in Bury.


This Easter the Fusilier Museum in Bury has many Egg-cellent activities for all the family!   To kick off the Easter break there will be a mystery Easter egg puzzle on the 31st of March, ideal for 5-11 year olds. They will have to explore the museum, shop and café to find letters to create the secret word. Mini-detectives, at work in the Fusilier Museum for one day only!   On the 4th of April at 1pm there will be a fantastically, fun, family craft activities, which is a c...

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