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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Vacancies

The Lancashire Infantry Museum currently has the following vacancies:

Volunteers

Position The Role
Volunteer Guides
  • We currently need volunteer guides to help us look after our increasing numbers of Saturday and weekday visitors and family researchers.
  • If you have an interest in military history and enjoy meeting people; are confident and capable of guiding people of all ages; and can act independently and without supervision; we would welcome hearing from you.
  • Duties include:
    • Escorting visitors into and out of the museum
    • Helping with enquiries
    • Handing out hand held guides
    • Assisting with shop purchases
  • Full training will be given
  • Service in one of the armed forces, especially one of our regiments, is desirable but is by no means essential
  • Saturday volunteers will be asked to take part in a roster which requires attendance at the museum approximately one week in four. Timings are 10.00am to 16.00pm. 
  • Weekday guides are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can volunteer for one day or one half day a week.
  • For further information please contact us via the e-mail address below, or for a chat about becoming a volunteer guide and joining our enthusiastic and friendly team please contact Tom Mallinson on (01772) 260584 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays only.

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For further information, please contact us on enquiries@lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk

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With over 15,000 visitors a year, the Lancashire Infantry Museum is one of the country’s leading Regimental and Military Museums. It is located in an attractive Grade II listed building  in a mid-Victorian British Army barracks on the outskirts of Preston. Fulwood Barracks is recognised as the finest example of mid-Victorian military architecture left in the country. There is easy access by public transport and ample free car parking available within the Barracks.