Richmond’s Green Howards Museum has secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to support improvements to its medal room.
The £40,000 is being used to create a new gallery space to display the museum’s collection of Victoria Crosses (VC) and George Crosses (GC).
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the gallery will allow visitors to see each of the 14 Victoria Crosses which the museum has in its collection and the three George Crosses in great detail, as well as providing them with a wealth of information about the history of the awards, and the soldiers who earned them.
“We’re exceptionally proud of the medal room and very aware of the impact it has on our visitors, but we wanted to be able to help those medals really speak out and tell their story,” said Lynda Powell, The Green Howards Museum’s curator and director.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, we’ll be able to implement our plans for the display and interpretation of our extensive VC and GC collection.”
David Renwick, director of England, North said “We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will allow even greater access to this important collection, enabling more people to learn about the significant contribution of the Green Howards Regiment.”
The new gallery is part of the museum’s wider redevelopment of the entire medal room space, which is being funded through the generous donations of museum supporters and The Green Howards Trust.
When it officially re-opens in mid-May, there will be even more medals on display, greater access to the museum’s extensive collection of more than 4000 medals, as well as profiling a greater number of individuals from the regiment’s illustrious past than ever before.
The Green Howards Museum, based in the centre of Richmond’s market place attracts around 10,000 visitors a year and tells the 300 year story of friendship, adventure, service and sacrifice.
Supported by an enthusiastic band of volunteers, the museum team find new ways of bringing this rich history to life and telling the story of world events through the eyes of those who served.