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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Group Visits

we welcome visits by community groups of all ages.

  • Guided tours can be arranged for parties of up to a maximum of 20 during our normal opening hours (10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Arrangements can also be made to open the Museum for weekday evening group visits.
  • We ask for a contribution of £4 per head for group visits, which goes directly to maintain and develop the museum. There is a minimum fee of £50 for groups of fewer than 13.
  • We cannot normally provide refreshments for daytime visits, but special arrangements can be made for evening events (see below), if required.
  • We offer an optional Supper & Tour Evening for groups. These events combine a guided tour of the museum with a hot-pot supper, and also offer a limited paid bar. Charged at £15 per head, inclusive of entry fee.
  • Supper & Tour evenings are only available for groups of at least 20 people. For these evenings only we can sometimes accept groups of up to 40, subject to availability of additional volunteer guides.
  • A limited bar can usually be provided, for evening visits only, on request.
  • The Museum is located within Fulwood Barracks, which is an active military establishment. For security reasons, a minimum of 2 weeks notice is required for a group visit, and it will be necessary to provide details of all those attending, with vehicle details.
  • To make a booking, please CLICK HERE and complete our on-line Group Booking Form.
  • For further information please e-mail us at enquiries@lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk