This Day In History

  • 1707 War of the Spanish Succession. After two months of siege, to avoid further pointless bloodshed,  the garrison of the fortress of Lerida (now Lleida) in Spain beats the chamade as the French are about to make their final assault. 600 emaciated survivors of the original garrison of 1800, who had been reduced to living on oatmeal, rice and water, march out under arms and with the full honours of war. They are followed by a similar number of sick and wounded in carts supplied by the victors. Amongst them are several much-reduced companies of Wills' Marines (later 30th Foot, and then 1st East Lancashires), led by the by-then Major General Wills. All are complimented by the enemy commander, the Duc d'Orleans, on their gallant defence
  • 1857 Indian Mutiny. Relief of Lucknow. 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) engage in desperate fighting in the advance to the Martiniere College. The silver-chased "Rajah's Bed Post" staff which is now one of the Museum's most treasured exhibits was captured on this day.
  • 1945 Battleship HMS Nelson reaches Portsmouth carrying 2nd Loyals colours, colour belts and some mess plate. They had been found 2 months earlier in bank vaults in Singapore, where they had remained undiscovered by the Japanese since the capitulation in 1942. They are carried to Preston, where one month later they are ceremonially paraded through the town
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All Aboard For Preston’s Museums!

Wed 30th October 10.30am – 4.30pm

All Aboard! for a free half-term Family Day out at Preston’s Museums!

For one day only on Wednesday 30th October, catch a FREE vintage Ribble bus and explore the hidden gems of Preston. Ride on a train, make your own arty masterpiece, camouflage yourself from head to toe, and go on a spooky ghost hunt!

All Aboard! is a free Preston-wide family event organised by Preston Museums Group, with support from Arts Council England and buses supplied by Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust. The free buses will start from Ribble Steam Railway at 10.30am, and take a circular route stopping at the LancashireInfantryMuseum, then the Museum of Lancashire, and finally the Harris Museum & Art Gallery before setting off back to the Ribble Steam Railway.

Buses will run a hop on/hop off service between 10.30am and 4.30pm, so stay as long as you like at each museum. There is no obligation to visit all four museums, simply enjoy being on the vintage bus!

There are various attractions and events happening at each venue which will keep the whole family entertained and engaged:

Ribble Steam Railway – enjoy two opportunities to ride on a working train: the full-size outdoor locomotive which runs trips throughout the day, and the child-sized electric railway which runs up and down the main exhibition hall and is the perfect size for kids.

Lancashire Infantry Museum – learn the art of camouflage and catch a glimpse of the real soldiers stationed at Fulwood Barracks.

Museum of Lancashire – join one of four Ghost Hunter tours happening around the museum throughout the day at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (booking is advised).

Harris Museum & Art Gallery – take part in ‘The Big Draw: Drawing Future, Drawing Past’, a chance for people of all ages to have a go at drawing, try out new technology by drawing with tablets, and test Old Masters’ methods, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Ray Bignell, Chairman of Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust, says, “We at the Trust are very happy to have an opportunity to operate these vintage buses as they were meant to be used, carrying the public and providing a free service to the people of Preston. Ribble Motor Services was one of the largest and most popular bus companies in the UK, spanning from Carlisle in the north, to Liverpool and Manchester in the south and Skipton in the east, but its headquarters were always in Preston. It’s great to be able to celebrate and promote that history in conjunction with Preston Museums Group.”

David Watkins, Chairman of Ribble Steam Railway, says, “All Aboard! will enable more people than ever to experience a great day out visiting Preston’s premier museums, with a free bus service running throughout the day and lots on to make their trip fun and enjoyable!”

Further information

Times: Buses run every 30 minutes throughout the day between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus stops: Ribble Steam Railway – Car park
Lancashire Infantry Museum – Last bus stop on Watling Street just before the right turn onto Sir Tom Finney Way. The museum is only a few minutes walk away.
Museum of Lancashire – Car park
Harris Museum & Art Gallery – Park & Ride bus stop on Jacson Street.

For drinks and assorted refreshments, Ribble Steam Railway, Museum of Lancashire and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery all have café facilities.

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