Kitchener's Bugle Posted 15 April , 2016 Share Posted 15 April , 2016 I Recently took a trip to the Lancashire Infantry Museum at Preston to have a look at The Somme Room. To mark the centenary of World War I, the Lancashire Infantry Museum is undertaking its biggest project in decades. Thanks to most generous grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, our main gallery, the Somme Room, is undergoing a £150,000 complete re-design and make-over. The Museum applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund through their programme ’Our Heritage’. The programme funds applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships. Applications can be made for the sum of £10,000 to £100,000, and the Museum successfully received the full amount applied for of £95,000. The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has also awarded the project its largest-ever grant of £15,000. The balance of the £150,000 cost has been raised by the Museum itself. The original East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire regimental museums, on which the Lancashire Infantry Museum is based, were founded in the years after the World War I to commemorate the lives of those who served during the conflict. With the commemoration of the centenary fast approaching, and in response to the growing public interest, the Museum Trustees sought the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund to redevelop the Somme Room to provide a fitting tribute which would allow us to place far more of our massive collection on display than has ever previously been possible. The re-display will commemorate the achievements and sacrifice of the thousands of Lancashire soldiers who served in the two World Wars and the many other conflicts of the 20th Century. The new display will better engage visitors with our rich collection of objects, photographs and film – many of which will be on display for the first time – through new graphic panels, touch-screen computers, digital photographic displays, audio points and film screens. In case you are thinking about a visit, here are a few taster images Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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