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Thursday, 24 April 2014

£1m appeal starts at military museum

A MUSEUM which houses the Victoria Cross of Ulverston war hero Basil Weston has launched an ambitious £1m refurbishment plan.

The Green Howards Museum, in Richmond, North Yorkshire, holds thousands of artefacts important to the region’s military history and has been holding a series of public consultations as part of its bid for Heritage Lottery funding.

The museum is asking the lottery for £600,000 and will need to raise £358,000 to match fund the bid.

Staff want to find out what visitors would like to see in the museum, which tells the story of the regiment from its very beginnings to the present day, spanning three centuries of history in times of peace and conflict.

If the museum’s application for funding is successful, there are plans to make substantial improvements to the site including new display facilities, toilets and a lift, providing an informative, modern museum for locals, tourists and the military.

The museum boasts a diverse and unusual display of almost 4,000 medals, including Victoria Crosses and George Crosses, military relics dating from Georgian times, along with a huge number of photographs.

Among South Cumbrians to have fought with the regiment was Barrow’s Mario Ongeri who died in the Second World War at Wadi Akirit in North Africa.

Lynda Powell, director and curator, said staff wanted to get views from the public about what they liked about the museum and what they would like to see it renovated.

The consultations have involved questionnaires and a travelling showcase, displaying a selection of objects likely to be seen in the new-look museum.

The process continues this weekend in the museum which can be found in Trinity Church Square, Richmond and is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and tomorrow from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

You can see more details about the museum plans and take part in the consultation process on the website at www.greenhowards.org.uk/news.php

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