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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Future Events


  Exhbition - Blood Sweat and Celluloid

NEW EXHIBITION – BLOOD SWEAT & CELLULOID. A new exhibition looking at the use of photography by the British Army.  From some of the earliest photographs taken by a war photographer (James Robertson –  Crimean War),  through to images of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment today, taken by the 2nd Battalion’s official photographer, Kingsman Matthew Lucas.

Looking at different themes, ‘Blood, Sweat and Celluloid’ also contains footage of D-Day preparations, helmet-cam from Afghanistan (2010) and rare personal photographs of the early part of WW1 taken by Major Lambert of the East Lancashire Regiment in 1914. In the Museum’s Quebec Room until 2 November 2019.

Fri 27 Friends Study Evening. WW2 Naval Operations in the Mediterranean. James Heyworth relates the exploits of the pioneering Italian frogmen who caused havoc to the British fleet. David Rogan looks at the magnificent looking but flawed ships of the wartime Italian Navy.
Tues 29 – Sat 2  ‘D-Day Models.’  An exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, by the North West Model Shipwrights and International Plastic Modellers Society.
Sat 9 Memorabilia Day. Bring your militaria for identification by our experts. At the Museum. 11.00 am – 3.00 pm . 
Fri 22 Friends Study Evening.  “Wars and Operations in Afghanistan”. The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment’s tours of duty on Op HERRICK.  John Downham outlines the history of our Regiments through the Afghan Wars.
Thu 12 Volunteers’ Christmas Lunch.