Buckinghamshire Freemasons recently awarded a donation from the BMCF (Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund) to The Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust.
The grant of £1,300 is to purchase a fully computerised ‘Modes’ system to enable them to fully document and record exhibits preserved in Buckingham Old Gaol.
Lt Col Simon Wilkinson, Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Military Trust is pictured receiving a further donation to the trust from Grenville Lodge presented by Mark Buckland.
The Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust exists to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of the former County Regiments raised in Buckinghamshire, including the Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry/ Hussars, The Royal Bucks King’s Own Militia, The Buckinghamshire Battalions and other auxiliary military forces. It does this to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of their role in the cultural heritage of the county. By collecting, documenting, preserving and interpreting exhibits and materials it promotes interest and understanding and makes the exhibits available to public view.
The grant will allow the trust to meet Arts Council Accreditation requirements and enable those interested in stored items to access them and increase knowledge and accessibility for the public.
It is interesting to note that the provinces’ first PGM, the 3rdLord Carrington, was Lieutenant Colonel of The Royal Bucks Kings Own Militia from 1881 to 1886. Carrington 2421 is named after him. The Masonic Centre in Buckingham was part of the Royal Bucks Hussars headquarters and is still decorated with 19thcentury Royal Bucks Hussars musicians’ swords.