Museum of Manchester Regiment Commemorations

Posted on on 27 November 2012
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Date of publication: 02/11/2012

The Museum of the Manchester Regiment is developing an exhibition that tells the stories of generations of Manchester regiment soldiers between 1756 and 1958, including many from the 1914-18 period. Funded by a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, the project will uncover the personal lives of approximately eight hundred servicemen whose 2200 medals form part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

The project, which is set to be completed in Autumn 2013, will provide an insight into the lives of the servicemen both in the museum itself and through a specially developed website. Once the research has been completed, an individual webpage will be created for the biographies of the medal holder. A fourteen-volume hardcopy of the biographies will also be printed.

Relatives of the servicemen whose medals are part of the collection are encouraged to come forward with any relevant personal documentation and photographs.  As curator Garry Smith comments: “We didn’t just want to talk about the army, we wanted to put a whole picture of the lives of these men together. Family participation has really enhanced the project so far.”

To find out more about The Man Behind the Medals Project, click here

To find out more about the local history of the area, click here

Images courtesy of the Man Behind the Medals Project website.