‘to preserve the memory and related heritage of the Royal Fusiliers and from 1968 the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and to advance education by encouraging and promoting the study, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their deeds’
The Regiment had established a private museum by 1949, when it made the Tower of London its permanent home. On the 31st March 1960, concerned about the future of the museum, the Regimental Council declared their intention of ‘holding together the traditions of the Regiment and of perpetuating its deeds’ by holding ‘the Regimental Collection “upon trust”‘ and on the 9th of November 1962 the Royal Fusilier Museum at the Tower of London was opened to the public by HRH Princess Marina Duchess of Kent. By the 1980s the museum was due an update and a refurbishment took place.
In 2010 the trustees again embarked upon a major project called Fusiliers Advance, to transform the exhibition space and enable all visitors to the Tower to be offered free access to the museum for the first time. The trustees worked with design consultants Headland Design Associates and were fortunate to be awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of just over £300,000. The Fusiliers Advance project also saw the museum launch its first education and outreach programme and establish a volunteer body. The new galleries were reopened by HRH The Duke of Kent, our Colonel in Chief, in April 2011.
Forward Plan: Find out more about our plans for the future.
The museum is a charitable trust no. managed by a body of trustees:
Major Maurice French MBE
Colonel N P Easton QVRM TD
Brigadier R M Wilde CBE (Chair)
Lieutenant Colonel W G Pettifar MBE JP
Major J C M Webb TD
Captain R J Keating
Captain D R Clarke
Day to day running of the museum is coordinated by Area Regimental Secretary/Curator: Major Colin Bowes Crick.
Four RRF museums
In 1968, the Royal Fusiliers joined three other Fusilier regiments to form the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The Fusilier Museum tells the story of the Royal Fusiliers. To find out more about the other ancillary regiments, visit our friends here:
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers at The Fusiliers Museum – www.northumberlandfusiliers.org.uk
Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers at Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) – www.warwickfusiliers.co.uk
Lancashire Fusiliers at The Fusilier Museum - www.fusiliermuseum.com
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The Fusilier Museum is grateful to all its funders.
Drum Roll please…
After another successful temporary exhibition, ‘Animals in the Armed Forces’ which is currently on display at Bethnal Green Library, The…
The beautiful new galleries at The Fusilier Museum, unveiled to the public on April 4th 2011 represent a significant fundraising effort. But they are only the beginning of the story.
Fundraising is ongoing for Fusilier Engage! which will engage local people with the museum for the first time. We have nearly reached our goal of £830,000 and you can help us reach our target.