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Broadening military horizons

Over the past couple of months, we have been exploring the potential for two military museums to broaden their audiences through the development of Activity Plans to support their Round 2 HLF bids. With both Bury’s Fusilier Museum and York Army Museum we have utilised their collections strengths and stories to inspire activities that will engage wider audiences.

Working collaboratively with staff and volunteers at both museums, we have designed and implemented workshops and encouraged volunteers to undertake surveys with users and non-users.

For Bury’s Fusilier Museum, which is home to the collections of the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, we explored the ways in which the educational charity can offer further learning and participation opportunities. The activity plan uses market analysis and consultations to establish potential and target audiences for the Museum. PLB and the museum team consulted with focus groups including teachers, youth groups, families, ethnic minorities, and volunteers.


Fusilier Museum, BuryFusilier Museum, Bury


If successful in their HLF bid, the museum will open up the first floor of the building as an accessible museum store with space for further events, activities and educational programmes.

With the York Army Museum’s client team, we are currently carrying out a workshop programme and managing further surveys and consultations in order to build an evidence base to help them take their Heritage Lottery Funded project forward.

Located in the heart of York’s Cultural Quarter, sitting adjacent to Clifford’s Tower and opposite the York Castle Museum, the York Army Museum represents the story of 300 years of Military History from the formation of the antecedent Regiments in 1685 through to the present day.


York Army MuseumYork Army Museum


In November 2012, the York Army Museum secured a First Round Award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its application of £1million, including an initial award of £52,000 development funding. This support will enable the museum to take their project forward with the aim of creating an exciting, entertaining and educational museum, using dynamic, thought provoking and contemporary design methods.

Watch this space for updates on both projects.


Posted 20th May 2013

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