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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Museum Gains National Quality Award


For the third year in succession, the Lancashire Infantry Museum has gained a prestigious national qualification as a top-class visitor attraction.

The Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VQAS) has again accredited the Museum as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

The Lancashire Infantry Museum is located in Preston’s historic Fulwood Barracks and represents the former county infantry regiments of central Lancashire.

The VQAS ensures that visitors and tourists enjoy only the highest standards of interest and presentation at participating venues. The Lancashire Infantry Museum has now received quality endorsement every year since joining the scheme.

“The Museum offers the visitor an overall very good quality experience which fully merits the award of accreditation as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction,” commented the VAQAS inspector, whose report is only compiled following an unannounced visit.

A number of the displays were particularly commended, especially the Afghanistan display which illustrates the recent experiences there of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The Museum’s specially-themed children’s material was especially effective, with plenty of ‘hands on’ opportunities and ‘dress – up’ situations which were “most impressive!”

The Museum website was highlighted as being ‘confident and very useful’ which would become more and more important.

Singled out for particular praise was the Museum’s ‘very special’ use of the Facebook social media site to provide a near-daily digest of significant historical events for the current date. This unique facility was “admirable” and “quite brilliant,” said the inspector in his report.

“We are delighted that our efforts to make this the best military museum in the North West have again been recognised,” said Jane Davies, Curator of the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

“Gaining this award is not easy. The assessment process is rigorous and examines every aspect of the visitor experience. So we are extremely proud that our mainly-volunteer but very dedicated staff has helped to keep us in the top flight of visitor attractions.

“We know from our ever – increasing numbers of visitors that the regiments which we represent – especially the old East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments which fought the two World Wars – mean much to many people.

“As the centenary of World War I approaches, we are planning new developments which will allow us to illustrate the history of Lancashire’s Lads down the centuries even more effectively than we do now.

“Their memory deserves nothing less.”

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