The Fusilier Museum at the Tower of London
“I didn’t see everything at the Tower of London but I can recommend the Fusiliers Museum where you can try & pick up a full backpack of the kind soldiers carry in Afghanistan, try on hats & learn about regimental history”
The museum sits within the regiment’s headquarters, which is located in the Tower of London. Headland supported the museum in an HLF funded development project called Fusiliers Advance! – which included a 3 year programme of outreach activity and the delivery of learning activities at the Tower, called Fusiliers Engage! We produced an Activity Plan and an Interpretation and Design Plan for the Second Round HLF application and went on to design and install the new galleries.
The refurbishment of the museum, based around a significant digitisation project, has made it a more vibrant and accessible part of the Tower and has opened up views for the public into the operational HQ. A Collections and Access Officer was appointed and has recruited and trained a team of volunteers who are facilitating activities including drama and inter-generational work. Formal learning is also being offered through the Historic Royal Palaces’ learning team at the Tower of London.
The galleries are designed for a large throughput of visitors and include touchscreen interactivity, moving graphics and an innovative touchscreen showcase containing the regiment’s VCs and their stories, called ‘For Valour’. There is an interactive children’s trail and the project included a ‘living history’ Victorian soldier outside of the former Officers’ Mess talking about his experiences as a Fusilier in the Crimean War.