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Exploring the hidden history of War sites in Lancashire

Museums, Exhibitions and Events

On this page we will advertise local events, exhibitions etc.. that may be of interest to you.

We will also hopefully (if allowed) have photographs of displays and exhibitions from Museums that are of interest

Ramsbottom Heritage Gallery


Ramsbottom’s Response - World War One Exhibition by Ramsbottom Heritage Society.


World War I disrupted the lives of every resident of Ramsbottom in unexpected and dramatic ways.


This exhibition shows how Ramsbottom men, some underage, left the mills and buses to fight and a woman followed her husband to war, to nurse and die in Egypt. Women and children at home raised money, packed parcels for the troops, looked after Belgian refugees and nursed the wounded soldiers returning from war.  


A Zeppelin raid on the town killed a thrush, whose preserved body is in the exhibition and Britain’s WW1 military planes, the battle of the Somme and life in the trenches are shown on film.

Everyone from Ramsbottom responded with courage and resourcefulness and this exhibition tells their story.


The exhibition opened on June 8th 2014 and run to two years. The exhibition is in the Heritage Gallery upstairs in Ramsbottom Library.




Open: Library Opening Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:30am-7:30pm

Sat: 9:30am-1:00pm


Members of the Ramsbottom Heritage Society will be in attendance on selected Sundays to provide information and assistance

Sun              12:00pm-3:00pm*

(*currently 2nd Sunday of the month)


When the library is closed the entrance to the gallery will be via the new entrance door accessible from the footpath to the side of the library or by the new lift entrance at pavement level.



Ramsbottom Library and Adult Learning Centre

Carr Street, Ramsbottom


Tel: 0161 253 5352

Other Musems that have interesting military displays

but are not solely military museums:

Fusilier Museum, Bury

The museum houses items from the  XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and tells their story, right up to the present.


Click here for some of the collection highlights:


Opening Times and Prices

The museum is open Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm (last admission 4pm).  

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Adult                     £4.95        

Concessions         £3.95

Children                £3.95

Family (2+2)         £13.95

Your ticket is an annual pass, so you can come back as many times as you like during the next 12 months.

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Chorley Remembers Experience,

Astley Hall Coach House, Chorley


Contains artefacts, photographs and information covering first and second world war and the huge  munitions factory at ROF Chorley.

Highlights include the WW1 trench experience and the interactive videos of  veterans testimony.


Opening Times and Prices

Admission is free

12.00 noon and 4.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

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Lancashire Infantry Museum,

Fulwood, Preston


This museum covers the history of Lancashire’s three infantry regiments. Beginning with the raising of Lord Castleton’s Regiment of Foot in 1689, through the several regimental amalgamations to creation of the present day Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  The museum also houses artifacts from  Lancashire’s Militia, Rifle Volunteers, Territorial Army, Home Guard and Cadet Units. As well as the  uniforms, medals,  weapons and photographs the collection includes ceramics and art works.


Opening Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10.00 am  to 4.00 pm

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Ramsbottom's Response

Imperial War Museum North,

The Quays, Manchester


The main exhibition space has a timeline of conflicts that Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in since the First World War. It features how the lives of men and women have been changed by war, and the science and technology of war. The Big Picture Show is an immersive experience of moving and still pictures, highlighting people’s experience of war.


Opening Times and Prices

Admission is free

Open every day 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

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Museum of Lancashire, Preston


Two regiments are displayed here, the 14th / 20th King’s Hussars and the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry.

There is a large reconstruction of a World War 1 trench system and a World War Two Home Front display. Other displays include the efforts to camouflage factories during the second world war.


Opening Times and Prices

Admission is free

Tuesday- Saturday 10.30 am – 5.00 pm. Sunday 12.00- 5.00 pm.

Closed Mondays


King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum,

housed in  Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster


Displays about the King’s Own Royal Regiment from 1680 to the present day. Topics covered include the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars, and  both World Wars. Highlights include five of the regiment’s Victoria Crosses.


Opening Times and Prices

Admission is free

Monday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00pm. Closed Sundays


Museum of the Manchester Regiment,

Ashton Town Hall, Ashton Under Lyne


The Museum tells the story of the  Manchester Regiment. It details two hundred years of history from 1756 until 1958, and then right up to date as part of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Highlights include a First World War trench, over two thousand medals, unique films of 1930s Palestine and a recreation of a barracks room from Ladysmith Barracks in Ashton.


Opening Times and Prices

Admission is Free

Tuesday – Friday 10am - 4pm. Saturday 10am - 1pm


Horwich Heritage Centre


Horwich Heritage Centre, Beaumont Road, Horwich, BL6 7BG


This heritage centre has lots of different displays and is highly recommended. There are lots of WW1 and WW2 related exhibits. The World War Two exhibit has many local artefacts which show the realities of life in World War Two. There is also a lot more on offer here than WW1 & WW2 exhibits. There is a great deal of archive material available for research purposes and books, CDs and DVDs available to buy.


And It is FREE! Staffed by knowledgeable local members of the Society.



Monday to Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Saturday 10.00am -12.30pm

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