The Fusilier Museum, Bury is home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Documenting over 300 years of history and heritage through permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the people who have served and continue to serve in the Regiments.
The museum is a charity and relies on income from visitors, school visits, events taking place in the building and other external funding bodies.
In January this year both our boilers broke resulting in £17,000 worth of repair works. The local business community, charitable organisations and the regiment gave us money towards the repair of the boilers and the work was completed a few months ago. A few weeks ago we had a leak in the roof of the old part of the building (off Broad Street) which includes The Minden Suite (Conference and Events facility), The Quartermaster's Store which houses our collection and The Fusiliers Archive. The leak was due to storm damage so we appointed a builder and the work was completed a few weeks ago costing £3,500 which was paid for out of museum funds.
At some point during the night of Saturday 28th April through to Sunday 29th April 2018 somebody gained access to the roof and removed all the new lead flashings as well as some of the old ones. We think there is about £5,000 worth been stolen. The matter has been reported to the police but because it is classed as an act of vandalism we aren't covered on our insurance either so once again we have had to pay for the repairs out of museum funds. As the building houses the collection of The Lancashire Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers we had to have the roof repaired immediately to prevent any further damage to the roof or most importantly damage to our collection.
So the museum needs your help to recoup some of the costs from the initial work on the roof and the cost of repairing it after the recent theft. We have set a budget of £10,000 which would cover most of the above and a little but more for just in case. We hope the general public will get behind our campaign and help us to do what we do best - telling the stories of the Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.