The Fusilier Museum in Bury has been given a government funding boost.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that 71 cultural organisations will share close to £60m in the second round of the Cultural Investment Fund, including the Moss Street museum.

The historic venue will receive £143,841 which will go towards museum maintenance and infrastructure works.

Chairman of the museum, Colonel Brian Gorski, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as well as Arts Council England for receiving a grant through the Culture Recovery Fund as part of the Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND).

“The money will go towards conserving and maintaining the Grade II listed building including repairing the roof, chimney and guttering.

“This work is essential to the future of the museum and will enable us to continue to look after the collection of the Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for many years to come.

“Finally special thanks must also go to Rob Chambers, Conservation Architect who has been a tremendous support throughout the application process and whose knowledge has been invaluable.

“We look forward to keeping everyone up to date with the project on our social media platforms in the forthcoming months.”

The investment is designed to protect and improve people’s access to culture, regenerate communities, upgrade buildings and digital infrastructure and use investment to promote economic growth.

Cllr Charlotte Morris, cabinet member for culture and the economy at the council, said: “Bury has a long and proud military history, and it’s important that residents and visitors can learn about the Fusiliers and the immense contribution they have made to our borough and the country.

“The Fusilier Museum plays a central role in the town centre’s cultural quarter, and this grant should help ensure that it remains a major attraction.”

Chief executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley, said: “Investment in creativity and culture is a catalyst for improving well-being and raising aspirations, reinvigorating pride in communities, regenerating high streets and local economies, and bringing people together.

“We are pleased to play a part in delivering the Cultural Investment Fund and this £58 million investment will help create new, or improve existing, cultural buildings and spaces in our villages, towns and cities.

“By doing so it will support recovery and growth and unlock the creative potential of those who live and work in communities across England.”

Bury North MP James Daly said: “I welcome the announcement that The Fusiliers Museum will receive £143,841 from the Conservative Government.

"I know people across Bury will enjoy the new and improved facilities developed as a result of this funding.

“I am thrilled that the importance of The Fusiliers Museum is being recognised and I look forward to visiting again soon to see the difference this investment has made.”

If you have a story tweet @BuryTimes or @Alicegerrard157 or email