Timeline

This is the story of the famous 20th Foot, whose history dates from the Glorious Revolution in 1688 until it amalgamated in 1968 when it became part of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which it still is today.

The Regiment has been involved in many campaigns and peace keeping duties including the Jacobite uprising, the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, the Indian Mutiny and both World Wars. The museum has a wonderful collection which portrays this wide and varied career.

5th November 1688

Formation of the Fusiliers, known as ‘Peyton’s Own’

1st July 1690

Battle of the Boyne

1691

During the campaign in Ireland between William of Orange and the former James II the 20th were involved with the Capture of Athlone and the Siege of Limerick

AWARDED: Won distinction at the Capture of Athlone.

1713 – 1728

Stationed at Gibraltar and involved in the unsuccessful Spanish siege between 1727 – 1728.

1743

Won battle honours at the Battle of Dettingen

AWARDED: Won Battle Honours

1745

Battle of Fontenoy which, although not decisive, was the scene of great courage.

16th April 1746

Battle of Culloden in Scotland against ‘Bonny’ Prince Charlie.

1751

All regiment became known by their numerical titles.

1759

During the 7 years War (1756 – 1763) the 20th distinguished themselves at the Battle of Minden.

AWARDED: a laurel wreath to be placed on the colours.

1759

James Wolfe fell on the Plains of Abraham (near Quebec) in a battle that won North America for Britain.

1775

Involved in the American War of Independence

1762

The 20th were a flank unit at the Battle of Wilhelmstahl

1782

Changed name to the 20th East Devon Regiment of Foot based in Exeter.

1797

20th first recruitment march to Lancashire.

1801

Fought in Egypt against Napoleon.

1806

Battle of Maida, defeated Napoleon‘s army for the first time in Europe.

1808 – 1814

Peninsula War, in 1808 the battles fought were:

Vimiera, (5th & 6th)

Peninsula (5th, 6th & 7th )

Toulouse (5th & 7th)

Rolica (5th & 6th)

AWARDED: Received Battle honours for the battles of Vimiera and Rolica.

1809

Retreat from Corunna where Sir John Moore (at the cost of his own life) enabled the 5th, 6th and 20th to be rescued by the Royal Navy. The Veterans from Corunna became the nucleus of a new army under Sir Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington) who expelled the French from Spain.

1814

War with America. 20th won the Battle of Bladensberg.

1813

Involved in the Peninsula War in 1813 where the battles fought were:

Vittoria (5th, 6th & 7th )

Pyrenees (6th & 7th)

Nevelle (5th & 6th)

1820– 5th May 1821

The 20th were Napoleon’s guard at St Helena until his death on 5th May 1821.

1854 – 1855

Crimean War, the 20th took part in the major battles of Alma, Inkerman and Sevastopol.

1857

Helped to relieve the Siege of the Residency at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny.

1st July 1881

Changed name again to the 20th Lancashire Fusiliers, and moved to Wellington Barracks in Bury

1898

The 20th were part of the force that relieved Khartoum and fought in the Battle of Omdurman.

1899 – 1902

During the Boer War the 20th took part in the battles of Spion Kop and the Relief of Ladysmith.

AWARDED: Primrose Hackle and Red Rose

1914

20th was 4th Battalion of the British Expeditionary Force. The first force to enter France against the Germans.

24th April 1915

Gallipoli the taking of W beach by the Lancashire Fusiliers won the regiment 6 VCs, awarded to six men chosen by their comrades.

AWARDED: ‘Six VCs before Breakfast’

May 1943

Battle of Monte Cassino, where Fusilier Jefferson won his VC

June 1944

D-Day landings, with a successful attack on Villers-Bocage

July 1944

Fought in Burma, where the Lancashire Fusiliers found their mascot ‘Minnie’.

1951

Suez Canal, met with HMS Euryalus

1952

Mau Mau rebellion, in Kenya

23rd April 1968

Amalgamation of the four regiments, with the Lancashire, Northumberland and Warwick Fusiliers joining the Royal Fusiliers to create the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 1968 to the present day

1968 – 1970

3rd Battalion based in Sharjah

1969 – 1971

2nd Battalion based in Berlin

1970 – 1971

1st Battalion in Belfast on operations

1971 – 1973

1st Battalion based in Gibraltar

1971 – 1975

2nd Battalion based in Catterick UK

1971 – 1977

3rd Battalion based in Colchester UK.

January 1972 – September 1972

3rd Battalion based in Londonderry and Armagh in Northern Ireland.

October 1972 – November 1972

2nd Battalion based in Andersons Town, Belfast Northern Ireland

1973 – 1975

1st Battalion based in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

1975 – 1979

1st Battalion based in Cambridge.

1975 – 1977

2nd Battalion based in Padborn, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)

1975 – 1976

3rd Battalion based in South Armagh, Northern Ireland

1977 – 1989

3rd Battalion South based in Fallingbastal, BAOR.

1977 – 1979

2nd Battalion based in Hemer BAOR

1979 – 1984

1st Battalion based in Minden BAOR

1981 – 1983

3rd Battalion based in Belfast, Northern Ireland

1983 – 1987

2nd Battalion based in Catterick

1983 – 1984

2nd Battalion involved in the Falklands conflict.

1983 – 1985

3rd Battalion based in Berlin, BAOR

1984 – 1986

1st Battalion based in Bally Kelly, Northern Ireland

1985 – 1987

2nd Battalion based in Cyprus

1985 – 1989

3rd Battalion based in Catterick

1986 – 1988

1st Battalion based in Cyprus

1988 – 1991

1st Battalion based in Canterbury

1990 – 1992

3rd Battalion based in the Gulf

1992

3rd Battalion disbanded, and its personnel merged with the 1st and 2nd Battalions

1995 – 1996

1st Battalion in Bosnia on Peace Keeping Duties

1996 – 2001

2nd Battalion based in Celle BAOR

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Summer Holiday Events

Come and join the fun at the Fusilier Museum every Wednesday 1pm to 3pm

27th July Military Medals Craft. Make your very own medals and cap badges.

3rd August Soldier’s Uniform Craft. Find out about military clothing and make your own uniform.

10th August Military Jacket Card Craft. Make a military themed greetings card for your friends and family.

17th August Maps and Battles. Learn about key battles in the Fusilier’s history with this craft activity.

24th August The Peace Treaty of the Fusilier Museum. Help us at the museum make our own Peace Treaty and pledge your own peace promise.

31st August End of Holidays BIG CRAFT – Military Camouflage and Hand Painting! Come and join the messy fun with and help create military camouflage with hand painting.

The Fusilier Museum, Bury

Two exciting opportunities have arisen to join the Fusilier Museum in Bury. The £4m HLF funded project opened in 2009 and welcomes over 20,000 visitors every year. You will be joining a successful, ambitious and close knit team.

Collections Access Officer – CAO/7/11 Part time (2.5 days per week) £10,000 p.a. (£20,000 pro rata)

You will be meticulous and methodical in you approach to collections care and enthusiastic about creating stimulating exhibition programming to encourage visitors to access and interpret the fascinating and unique objects in our collection.

Learning Officer – LO/7/11 Part time (2.5 days per week) £10,000 p.a. (£20,000 pro rata)

You will inspire the visitors and museum officers through excellent development and delivery of the formal and informal learning programme. You will be creative and passionate in your approach to education in museums.

Apply in writing with your c.v. and a covering letter stating the code (CAO/7/11 or LO/7/11) and why you think you would be the best person for the position to helen.field@fusiliermuseum.com , or post it to Helen Field, General Manager, The Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DF. T: 0161 763 8950 W: www.fusiliermuseum.com .

Closing date Wednesday 20th July 2011.

Role: Collections Access Officer

Responsible to: General Manager

Responsible for: Museum Volunteers

Role in brief

The postholder will play a key role in developing and delivering an exciting exhibition programme. The role also includes responsibility for the Collections Management of a diverse and varied collection.

Hours of work: The post is 5 days a week. The post holder hours of work are usually 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for Collections Management
To manage and care for the permanent displays.
Interpreting the displayed collections to visitors
Managing the collection database. Managing the digitization of the archive collection. To be responsible for documentation to SPECTRUM Standards. Administering loans – all correspondence and loan agreements. The post-holder will research possible funding opportunities for collections-based projects.
To observe and employ best practice in all aspects of collections storage and object handling.
Responsible for all collections care at the museum
Maintain storage areas; monitoring environmental conditions, pest management and security.
Update records (electronic and paper-based) to record all object movements.
To deal with collection-based enquiries from other institutions, and members of the public
Research to improve documentation of objects
Developing and delivering the exhibition programme in conjunction with other museum staff and volunteers. Chairing Temporary Exhibitions meetings. Preparing and mounting exhibitions in the museum
To give tours and talks about the museum and its displays or temporary exhibitions to groups of adults and children when required.
To supervise volunteers undertaking a range of collections work at the museum.
Observe all Health & Safety regulations as set out by the Fusilier Museum in accordance with its statutory obligations. Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
In addition, all employees are expected to work within the terms of their contract of employment. The Post-holder may be required to undertake other duties which may be reasonably requested by the Manager, and which are compatible with the overall scope and authority of the role.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Knowledge:

· Empathy with aims of the Fusilier Museum and Learning Centre.

· Knowledge and genuine interest in the work of the Fusilier Museum and Learning Centre

Skills:

Excellent inter-personal, communication, organisational and time management skills.
Proven self-motivator
Excellent attention to detail
Able to cope with varying pressures
Good team worker
Able to use initiative and self motivate
Good communicator
Flexible
Effective time management

Essential Experience:

· Qualification in history or museum studies

· Collections Management experience

Experience of object handling and object storage in a museum environment.
Experience of museum documentation procedures and collections databases.
· Experience of Integrated Pest Management regimes.

Experience of object packing and moving.
Experience of developing temporary exhibitions
· IT knowledge

Desirable Experience:

· Delivering presentations to groups

· Used to dealing with the public in face-to face situations

Role: Learning Officer

Responsible to: General Manager

Responsible for: Museum Volunteers

Role in brief

The postholder will play a key role in developing and delivering an exciting learning programme. The role includes managing and developing formal learning for schools and colleges, as well developing and delivering a lively and innovative informal learning programme of events linked to the collections.

Hours of work: The post is 5 days a week. The post holder hours of work are usually 9.00am – 1.00pm

Key Responsibilities:

Manage the formal learning programme – devising and developing learning sessions for school and college groups
Delivery of formal learning sessions at the museum
Developing an outreach programme with local schools
Build relationships with local schools and colleges to encourage repeat visits and a sustainable learning programme.
Deliver INSETS for teachers to introduce the work the museum can do with schools
Developing a lively and innovative informal learning programme of activities and events linked to the collections
Regularly evaluate the museum’s learning provision.
To give tours and talks about the museum and its displays or temporary exhibitions to groups of adults and children when required.
To organise the museum’s participation in national events such as The Big Draw, Museums at Night and Heritage Open Days
To organise and supervise work placements for school, college and university students.
To supervise volunteers undertaking a range of education and events work at the museum.
Observe all Health & Safety regulations as set out by the Fusilier Museum in accordance with its statutory obligations. Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
In addition, all employees are expected to work within the terms of their contract of employment. The Post-holder may be required to undertake other duties which may be reasonably requested by the Manager, and which are compatible with the overall scope and authority of the role.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Knowledge:

· Empathy with aims of the Fusilier Museum and Learning Centre.

· Knowledge and genuine interest in the work of the Fusilier Museum and Learning Centre

· A working knowledge of the school curriculum

Skills:

Excellent inter-personal, communication, organisational and time management skills.
Proven self-motivator
Proven excellent delivery of learning sessions
Able to cope with varying pressures
Good team worker
Able to use initiative and self motivate
Good communicator
Confident working with a wide range of people
Effective time management

Essential Experience:

· Qualification in History/Museum studies/Teaching

· Experience of working with school groups

Able to demonstrate experience of creating and delivering high quality museum session programmes to a wide range of audiences, including schools
· Experience of planning and delivering informal learning events

Experience of object handling museum environment.
· IT knowledge

Able to demonstrate significant experience of working with collections and a broad range of audiences, including schools, within the museum sector.
Able to demonstrate understanding and application of national agendas and wider context when planning.
Able to understand use of data, including visitor survey information and performance data, and its use in planning future programmes.
Able to lead and collaborate with others, especially team members, casual staff and volunteers, to harness and utilise a variety of skills and knowledge.

Desirable Experience:

· Delivering presentations to groups

· Used to dealing with the public in face-to face situations