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Lancashire Infantry Museum celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund boost

PUBLISHED: 00:00 29 August 2014

Judith Carruthers, Jean Toon, Margaret Ralph and Sandy Brooks,of Samlesbury NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) at Blackburn Cathedral packing the East Lancashire Regiment Colours in order to conserve them.

Judith Carruthers, Jean Toon, Margaret Ralph and Sandy Brooks,of Samlesbury NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) at Blackburn Cathedral packing the East Lancashire Regiment Colours in order to conserve them.

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The battle to keep one of the country’s premier military museums as a vibrant place for visitors has ended in victory thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid and a generous grant from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

Topped up by internal funds, the Lancashire Infantry Museum at Fulwood Barracks in Preston is having a £150,000 upgrade of its main display area, the Somme Room.

The trustees, led by Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Downham, sanctioned the year-long programme aiming at completion this month. Curator Jane Davies has mobilised Museum Friends and volunteers to prepare stock for the new displays, in some cases replacing material that arrived at what was then the Museum of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment just after World War One.

The new displays have a special emphasis on families, with youngsters able to dress up. ‘We’ve brought the amazing museum collections into the 21st century with the latest techniques to engage visitors, backed up with computerised archives,’ said Jane . The famous Lancashire regiments - regular and territorial - featured in the collection are principally the East Lancashire Regiment, South Lancashire Regiment (PWV), the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and their successors – the Lancashire Regiment (PWV), Queen’s Lancashire Regiment and today’s Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The Museum at Fulwood Barracks in Preston is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm. Admission and parking are free.

lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk, 01772 260362

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