This Day In History

1745 Transport ship Tyger, under orders for North America, is wrecked on Berry Head, Torbay, and 170 out of 235 recruits destined for the 40th Foot at Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, are drowned.
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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Future Events


16 November 2019 – 18 April 2020     

NOTE: Due to the Museum’s closure because of the Corona Virus, we regret that access to this exhibition is not currently available. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Ongoing Due to the Corona Virus emergency, the Museum’s planned exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of Dunkirk has been replaced by an on-line virtual exhibition at:

Fri 19 Friends Study Evening.  ‘The Battle of Britain – Did it Really Save Britain?’ In the 80th anniversary year of the iconic battle which is now part of the British identity, Roger Goodwin looks behind the legend. ‘The End of the War in NW Europe’ 75 years on from VE Day, David Rogan and John Downham consider the great campaign which took the Allies from the Normandy beaches to Luneberg Heath, and the role of our Regiments in the victory. Postoned due to Corona Virus emergency, new date to be decided
Sat 12  Heritage Open Day. Museum open with special displays be re-enactment groups.Cancelled due to Corona Virus emergency.
Sat 26 – Fri 2 Oct Friends of the Museum annual Battlefield Tour to Gallipoli and Istanbul – Gallipoli Rose II.  Cancelled due to Corona Virus emergency.
Sat late Oct TBC Waterloo Study Day. In conjunction with the Waterloo Association. Presentations on topics connected with the Napoleonic Wars (programme details to follow). Cancelled due to Corona Virus emergency.
Sat 7 Memorabilia Day.  Bring your militaria for identification by our experts. At the Museum 11.00 am – 3.00 pm. Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) for a small donation.
Fri 13 Friends Study Evening.  “The Crimean War”.  John Downham outlines the significant part played by our antecedent Regiments in the Crimean War.
Wed 9 Friends of the Museum Annual General Meeting and Volunteers’ Lunch