A MUSEUM which commemorates the bravery of Burton soldiers is set to open a new area based on modern warfare thanks to a new grant.
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum will use part of a £70,000 grant from the Ministry of Defence's £30 million armed forces community covenant grant scheme.
The cash will be splashed on the opening of a new area which will explore modern soldiering, focusing on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The museum will also be adding to its award-winning education facilities and its team which will run events and workshops, allowing visitors and school groups to handle weapons and tour the trenches.
The project will also see the creation of a new First World War German trench.
Staffordshire County Council is now urging other organisations to make an application for the funding and follow in the footsteps of the museum.
Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for community at Staffordshire County Council, said: "We have always had a strong connection with our armed forces here in Staffordshire and we want to support organisations to bring local communities and military bodies closer together.
"It's great to see that several Staffordshire organisations have already benefited from the fund and I look forward to the work they will be doing in their local communities.
"Most organisations and community groups are eligible and I would encourage them to make an application to help our local communities thrive."
The scheme offers funding to groups and organisations supporting members of the armed forces and their families, and aims to help strengthen ties with local communities.
More information about the scheme is available by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/community/armed-forces/Armed-Forces.aspx