This Day In History

  • 1860 New Zealand. As relations with the Maoris deteriorate, 4 companies of the 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires) disembark at New Plymouth, on transfer from Tasmania.
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Future Events

 DATE EVENT
  2017
  February

Fri 24

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – Special General Meeting. Spanish Rose III Retrospective (Photos from the last Battlefield Tour). Film Night — ‘Theirs Is The Glory’ —as an introduction to this year’s Battlefield Tour. Highly–regarded account of the Battle of Arnhem, made on the ground in 1946 less than a year after the battle, and featuring 200 actual veterans and participants.
  March
Sat 18 Saturday Morning Lecture – Women in WWI – Paul Smith. At the Museum. Begins 11.00 am. Cost: £2 pp. Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) afterwards by donation
Fri 31 FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – Study Evening. 38th (Lancashire) Brigade in Mesopotamia 1917. Talk by Maj Paul Knight will feature ‘Lancashire’s own Rorke’s Drift’ – the epic crossing of the Diyala River.
  April
Sat 22 Saturday Morning Lecture – Joseph 1917 – David Hewitt. At the Museum. Begins 11.00 am. Cost: £2 pp. Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) afterwards by donation
  May
Fri 19 FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – Joint event with Lancashire ABF. Study Evening. Passchendaele and Messines Ridge 1917. In their centenary year, John Downham describes two of the most terrible battles of World War I. David Rogan talks on the German tactics and defences.
   
Sat 27 Saturday Morning Lecture – Rorke’s Drift and Connections to Preston – David Casserley. At the Museum. Begins 11.00 am. Cost: £2 pp. Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) afterwards by donation
  June
Fri 16- Sat 17 SHIRES Regimental Reunion for all former members of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. The best weekend of the year for all former QLR’s . Coast Riders Campsite, Blackpool
Sat 17 Saturday Morning Lecture – War Memorials and their Conservation – Mike Coyle.  At the Museum. Begins 11.00 am. Cost: £2 pp. Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) afterwards by donation
Sat 24 Armed Forces Day. Museum stand on the Preston Flag Market.
  July
Fri 7 FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – Battlefield Tour Preparatory Study Evening. “Bosch Rose 2017.” John Downham outlines the struggles of our antecedent regiments at S’Hertogensbosch; in support of Operation Market Garden; and on the German frontier in the autumn and winter of 1944/45.
  September 
 Sat 9 Heritage Open Day. Museum open. 
17 – 24 FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – “ Bosch Rose 2017.” Battlefield tour to S’Hertogensbosch, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Overloon, and possibly the Reichswald Forest.
  October
Fri 27 FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – Study Evening. Malaya. Talks by John Downham and David Rogan on the role of our regiments in the anti-communist campaign of the 1950’s; the part played by former Regimental officer Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templar; and the Intelligence War.
  November
Sat 11 Museum Memorabilia Day – On Remembrance Day, bring your military memorabilia to the Museum for identification and explanation. At the Museum. Begins 11.00 am.  Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) by donation
  December
Thur 7 FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM – Annual General Meeting and Volunteers’ Lunch