Garry Smith Tameside Council's museum manager has been involved in a three year project to reveal "The Untold Stories" behind the militiary collection at Tameside's Museum of the Manchester Regiment".
The project was conceived in order to bring dusty medals kept in drawers to life.
786 medals have been displayed at the museum for many years, but the personal sacrifice and heroism remained unknown until the efforts of three painstaking years of research brought them to life.An archive of all the men connected to the medals has been created, biographies and photographs are included and can be studied online via a website or by leafing through eight volumes. The medals span many hundred years from the French revolutionary wars to the Second World war.
Tameside's museums manager said "the project was just a dream until a bid for funding of £50,000 was awarded by the Museums Association,it has been a vast project, it has been epic, one of the biggest projects we have ever undertaken".
The "Men Behind The Medals Project" can be viewed at www.themenbehindthemedals.org.uk or www.tameside.gov/museumsgalleries/mom