This Day In History

  • 1814 82nd Foot (later 2nd South Lancashires) suffer 31 casualties at the Battle of Orthez, their final fight as the French retreat into France in the last stages of the Peninsular War
  • 1863 88th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps (LRVC) forms at Haslingden.
  • 1900 Battle of Pieters Hill. With his battle-cry "Remember men, the eyes of Lancashire are watching you today," Lt Col MacCarthy O'Leary leads the 1st South Lancashires into the main assault. The Colonel dies with 5 of his men, but at last the road to besieged Ladysmith is finally open.
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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