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

15/04/2014

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 photographs and biographies of the fallen men. The database is available at the visitor centre at the Thiepval memorial and in the run up to the centenary of the Somme the collection is expected to continue growing.

 

Pam and Ken are already working with the team at The Fusilier Museum on a ground breaking, new exhibition to commemorate the Fusiliers missing in action at the Battle of the Somme which is due to open in 2016.

 

The event on Saturday 26th April 2014 will also include a talk by Martin Purdy an academic historian and co-writer of The Gallipoli Oak which tells the incredible story of the Lancashire oak tree, the teenager (Second Lieutenant Eric Duckworth) whose loss inspired a family to make the long pilgrimage to Turkey to plant the tree. Nearly 100 years later the same tree continues to grow amongst the olive groves and pays tribute to the many soldiers from East Lancashire who lost their lives in the battle of Gallipoli.

 

Pam and Ken will be on hand during the event to offer advice to individuals wishing to trace their own family history as well as answer any queries about the database project. A copy of the Thiepval database will also be available at the event. Pam and Ken would, of course, be interested in talking to anyone who has pictures and information relating to any of the men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

 

Sarah Stevenson, Collections Officer at The Fusilier Museum commented: “It’s a great honour to welcome Pam and Ken to the museum on what is an already exciting line up for the Gallipoli Commemorative Talk. It’s also a great opportunity for visitors to the museum and family history enthusiasts to find out from the experts first-hand. We look forward to welcoming Pam and Ken and we look forward to working with them on the exhibition in the future”.

 

The Gallipoli Commemorative Talk is the first event in a programme of regimental weekends throughout the year. Visitors will learn what the experts have to say about military history which is then followed by a family history master class where the team at the museum will be on hand to offer advice and answer any queries in relation to undertaking any family research. There will also be the opportunity for members of the public to drop in and speak to the team about specific objects in a military roadshow.

 

Entry to the Gallipoli Commemorative Talk is FREE.

 

The Fusilier Museum in Bury, Lancashire, is home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Documenting over 300 years of history and heritage through permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the people who have served and continue to service in the Regiments. The museum is currently undergoing a £1.4m re-development of the first floor which will include the development of new learning facilities and events spaces as well as providing improved collections storage and exhibitions.

 

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For further media information please contact Gini Wilde, Marketing Manager at The Fusilier Museum on 07967 019099 or gini.wilde@fusiliermuseum.com

A photo call notice will be issued on Thursday 24th April 2014.

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