This Day In History

  • 1782 British Regiments given County titles "which may at all time aid recruiting." 30th (The Cambridgeshire Regiment) 40th (2nd Somersetshire Regiment) 47th (The Lancashire Regiment) 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire Regiment)
  • 1794 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) embarks at Southampton for garrison duties at Gibraltar; their first overseas posting.
  • 1854 2nd Division, including the 30th & 47th Regiments (later 1st East Lancashires and 1st Loyals respectively), embark at Varna, Bulgaria, for the invasion of the Crimea
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The Museum

The Lancashire Infantry Museum houses one of the largest and most important Infantry Regimental collections in the country.

The Collection
The extensive displays, archive and military history library illustrate the fascinating story of the East, South and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments and their antecedents from earliest foundation in 1689 to the achievements of the ‘Lancashire Lads’ of the 21st Century.

In all no less than 120 separate units are recorded, including the 59 battalions formed by the antecedent regiments during the First World War, and all associated Militia, Rifle Volunteers, Territorials, Home Guard and Cadet units.

Affiliated Museums
The Regimental Collection also has permanent displays in affiliated museums throughout the County Palatine of Lancashire, including:

Museum of Lancashire, Preston
Blackburn Museum
Towneley Hall, Burnley
Warrington Museum