This Day In History

  • 1859 27th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps (LRVC) forms at Bolton
  • 1916 In one of the final actions of the Battle of the Somme, 8th East Lancashires and 10th Loyal North Lancashires attack side by side near Beaumont Hamel in the battle of the Ancre, but fail with severe casualties, many of which were caused by inaccurate British artillery fire. Officer casualties were particularly heavy - at least 6 from the Loyals and no less than 10 from the East Lancs, one of whom, 2/Lt Eddie Fisher, was just 17 years old. He was probably the youngest officer casualty of any of our regiments in WWI.
  • 1941 8th Loyals converts to become 93rd (LAA) Regiment, Royal Artillery, equipped with 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns.
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Welcome to the website of the Lancashire Infantry Museum, the largest Regimental archive and the premier centre for military historical research in the North of England.

The Museum is housed in the heart of Lancashire,  in the traditional home of the old county infantry regiments in Fulwood Barracks, Preston.

We preserve for posterity the achievements, records and artefacts of those historic infantry regiments of Central Lancashire which now form part of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, created in 2006 by the amalgamation of The Kings Own Royal Border, Kings and Queen’s Lancashire Regiments. 

In all we cherish the heritage of  120 separate units, including the 59 battalions formed by our antecedent Lancashire regiments during the First World War,  and all associated  Militia, Rifle Volunteers, Territorials, Home Guard and Cadet units.

 The Antecedent Regiments

The East Lancashire Regiment ( 30th and 59th of Foot) The South Lancashire Regiment ( 40th and 82nd of Foot)  The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (47th and 81st of Foot)

FUTURE OF THE LANCASHIRE INFANTRY MUSEUM

On 7 November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced the closure and disposal of Fulwood Barracks by 2022.

This does NOT mean that Lancashire Infantry Museum, which with its predecessors has been located in the Barracks for the past 90 years, will also close. The Museum Trustees fully intend that the Museum will continue in existence.

We are an independent charitable organisation occupying premises within the Barracks on a lease from the Ministry of Defence. We very much hope that we may continue to be located at the Fulwood Barracks site in whatever future form that may take. However, if this proves not to be possible, then the Ministry of Defence is legally committed to re-locating us in suitable and appropriate accommodation elsewhere, and we have received ministerial confirmation that this obligation will be honoured.

Please be assured that, whatever the future of Fulwood Barracks:

• The Museum is not threatened with closure either now or in the foreseeable future.
• The Trustees will continue to hold and display donated material to at least the present standards of access and security.
• We continue to welcome new donations and financial support .

We are touched and grateful for the great wave of support which the Museum has received since the announcement was made. We are most appreciative, and hope for to your continuing support during the difficult years which lie ahead.