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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Green Howards Museum marches towards the future

Richmond's Green Howards Museum has taken a major step forward in its exciting transformation, thanks to a "first found pass" of £718,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In November, last year, we reported on the visitor attraction's ambitious plans which will "provide a fresh approach" to how its historic collection is displayed to meet the needs of future users.

Over the coming months, museum officials will work towards a stage two application which, if successful,  will enable the museum to refurbish three galleries, install a lift and toilets and employ education and outreach staff.

A spokesperson said: "The museum will still display the same number of objects and we aim not to lose anything about the museum that we know our visitors love."

PEACE AND WAR
The award-winning museum tells the story of the regiment from its beginnings to the present day. Artefacts and photographs of the Crimean War, the North-West Frontier of India, the Boer War and archive film of World War I are used to convey its role over the centuries in peace and war.

The attraction is also seen as an essential link between the current day Army with information on the successor, the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards), which was formed when the Green Howards was amalgamated into the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006.

The new development is expected to cost more than £1 million and is being met through funding applications and public appeals. Museum staff say they have £100,000 left to raise. Director Lynda Powell can be contacted by anyone wishing to make a donation towards the redevelopment project via email at director@greenhowards.org.uk or by calling 01748 826561. Donations can be posted to Green Howards Museum, Trinity Church Sq, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QN.

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