The public will be able to peruse more than 3,000 medals steeped in battlefield bravery on a website telling the story of heroes from history under innovative plans announced by Bury military stronghold the Fusilier Museum.
The popular Lancashire venue, which currently has 2,000 of the awards on permanent display, will allow visitors to discover the tale of each honour and the reasons why it was presented, using the database to search by soldier name, serial number, medal type or campaign.
“We’re going to make these medals more accessible to visitors and enhance the experience with the stories of how, where and when they were won,” says Colonel Brian Gorski, the Trustee and Chair of the directors of the museum.
“Our visitors are fascinated by medals – they represent individual recognition of soldiers and the achievements of their regiments, so they are extremely precious to the families of those who they were awarded to.
“With the 100th anniversary of the Great War approaching in 2014, there are likely to be more people than ever researching their family history. This resource will make us an essential destination for anyone who wants to learn more about their ancestors.”
Life for a Life, a charity which helps families to commemorate lost loved ones and recently opened a Memorial Forest in Bury, has provided half of the £5,000 cost of the archive. The museum is now hoping to attract further sponsorship from local businesses through a series of fundraising initiatives.