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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Education

Working in conjunction with Lancashire County Council, the Lancashire Infantry Museum provides unique and historically-authentic locations for interactive learning. At present interactive education sessions for pupils studying World War I at Key Stages 2 & 3 are offered, but it is intended that new sessions covering World War II at the same levels will be available in the near future.

A Call To Arms – KS 2 & 3 (2 hours)

Through active participation, role play and experience-based learning, take a fresh new look at World War I, within our unique and inspiring venue.

School-1

Take a journey back in time and have an experience like no other. Join our WWI Recruitment Officer and Regimental Sergeant as they recruit you into the British Army. In this fully interactive and inspirational learning experience, discover the “joys” of square-bashing, learn about and handle basic equipment, explore the causes of World War I, and delve into regimental histories.

The Recruitment Officer will then take you to his authentic WWI office where he will explain what it means to sign up for the Army, and if you are deemed ready you will be given your Attestation Papers to sign.

Our Sergeant will take you through all the information you need to survive in the trenches. He will teach you about trench slang, food, hygiene, the safest time to go to the toilet and much, much more. He will even tell you the tale of how the museum’s Maxim machine gun was captured in battle.

Interactive Learning

Interactive Learning

To book a session

Please contact David Brookhouse at david.brookhouse@lancashire.gov.uk or Tel: 01772 535075

Costs

£2.50 per LCC pupil                 £3.00 per non-LCC pupil