We've moved!

This donation page is on the old Big Give website. Please go to theBigGive.org.uk to find current campaigns and opportunities to double your donation.

If you have any queries on the changes, please email us at info@thebiggive.org.uk.

Project information

Fusiliers Advance

Fusiliers Advance! will improve access to the archive collection and develop activities to engage local people in a significant way. A new member of staff will develop a volunteer team and manage a programme of activities and events, including an actor in the character of a Victorian Fusilier

February 2010 - June 2013

Charity information: Royal Fusilier Museum Trust

Royal Fusilier Museum Trust
  • Need


    The museum has suffered from a lack of investment and the collections is showing signs of infestation. Documentation is poor and the archives have little or no access and the museum has become irrelevant to a site which the story it is telling has been part of for over 400 years. The museum does not offer any learning activities and has become distanced from the community which it represents. There is less funding for regimental museums so it is vital that it should become more independent


    The project will improve the quality of the museum and its practices. It will provide a professional member of staff for 3 years to develop learning and engagement programmes and to recruit and train volunteers who assist with collections management and with providing activities within the community. There will be opportunities for members of the community to learn new skills in historical research and presentation and the new partnership with the Tower of London will bring practical benefits

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase access to the building for visitors by 20%


    » Make another room in the building into an exhibition space
    » Put in glazed doors and walkways so that visitors can see int and have limited access to some spaces
    » De-clutter the building and make interpretation more aesthetically pleasing. accessible and user-friendly
    » Use new technology to fit more information into an accessible format and make it interactive

    What success will look like

    Success will be.able to be measured when the installation of the new exhibits and the refurbishment is complete

    Aim 2

    Provide inspiring interpretation of the story


    » Select important objects including the real VCs which connect with people and put things on display which haven't been seen before
    » Use stories just about people and tell them from personal experience using letters diaries and written accounts from the archives
    » Use powerful imagery and highlight important objects within a recessive colour scheme to make the important things stand out

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through post visit evaluation and the response of visiting groups, volunteers and the local community.

    Aim 3

    Digitise all of the archive and make a photographic record of the whole collection


    » Carry out an early digitisation project as part of the overall project
    » Recruit and train volunteers to continue the process of digitisation and photography

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured after 3 years when the extent of the completion of this will be able to be measured.

    Aim 4

    Improve the care of the collection and archive


    » Work with Tower of London conservators on both remedial conservation and simpler cleaning of objects
    » Provide good quality showcases and appropriate lighting conditions to ensure conservation on display
    » Recruit and train volunteers to undertake continued collection management

    What success will look like

    Success will be seen when the objects are re-displayed in much better condition. New collections management practices will monitor conditions in the future

    Aim 5

    Deliver a programme of learning and activities


    » Collaborate with the Tower of London and support them in providing formal education linked to the collection
    » Provide a living history programme as part of the project
    » Develop links with community groups and involve them in projects which they enjoy and learn from and which have benefits for others
    » Provide handling session, talks and tours within the museum and associated spaces

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured in the number of children, young people and adults who benefit from activities and their feedback on quality of experience

  • Impact


    as a result of the project a long-term agreement has been made with historic Royal Palaces who run the Tower of London. Entry to the museum Willl be free. Conservation and learning Willl be provided in the future by the Tower of London. The collections will be in better condition and better managed. the museum will have a body of volunteers and Willl be equipped to ensure its own long-term security and that of the collections


    There was a risk that agreement may not have been able to be achieved with historic Royal Palaces but this has been done and the agreement is signed. There is a risk of not getting full permission for changes in the Grade 1 listed building but we are liaising with English Heritage and the Tower's own staff. There is also a risk that the full funding target may not be reached but we are actively engaged in bidding for funds


    Funders will be given regular updates on the project's progress. They will be invited to attend the opening and future events so that they can see outputs and results first hand

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £774,000

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £80,000 Fees Management and design
      £46,000 Volunteers The value of their time, training, expenses and evaluation
      £92,000 Staff Wages equipmnet and materials and travel
      £486,000 Construction New exhibition
      £70,000 Activity Costs of providing and facilitating

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    HLF £300,000 Guaranteed
    Yuren Foundation £125,000 Guaranteed
    City Bridge Trust £25,000 Guaranteed
    Foyle Foundation £30,000 Guaranteed
    Volunteer time £30,000 Conditional
  • Background


    It is in a regimental headquarters inside the Tower of London in the Borough of Tower Hamlets


    The visitors who already come to the tower will have a much better experience but more importantly groups of people and school children in Tower Hamlets will have the opportunity to become directly involved in the museum's activities. The Tower of London is now offering entry to the Tower for £1 for Tower Hamlets residents and there is very little uptake - this project will invite targeted groups and then help them to enjoy and learn from their visit

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This charity owns the museum collection and archive and is based in the regimental headquarters at the Tower of London

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Major Colin Bowes-Crick

    Colin is the Regimental Secretary and Museum Curator. He is the project leader and chief fundraiser

    Dale Copley

    Dale is the officer who has been appointed for 3 years to recruit and train volunteers, to improve collections management and to provide activities

    Rosemary Allen

    Rosemary is the Project Manager and professional advisor to the Project Leader and the Museum Trustees