Armed Forces Day – NAAFI tea party

On 25th June 2016, there will be a NAAFI-inspired tea room operating out of the old Post Office Buildings on Birley Street, Preston from 11.30-3.30pm.

There will be swing dancing, a sing-a-long, and a photo-booth to accompany a great array of sandwiches, pies, scones, cakes and fancies.

Tickets are limited, but are available at

The proceeds will be donated to the Poppy Factory, Dig In and Brick, Armed Forces Group and the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

For more information about the event please contact Rebecca Steel at the University of Central Lancashire on 01772 893662 or email


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Great War Exhibition

A unique exhibition of War Grave Cemeteries and Memorials by Stewart Bond.

Stewart has spent many months travelling through Northern France and Belgium visiting and photographing more than 200 War Grave Cemeteries and Memorials in 2011 to 2015. From more than 6500 of his colour photographs Stewart has selected 162 images, both dramatic and poignant, with which his own personal Great War Exhibition has been assembled.

This is currently on display at 17 Moor Park Avenue, Preston, PR1 6AS. You will be most welcome to view the exhibition between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Please phone 01772 204102 in advance to arrange a visit.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Harris Museum Opening Times

The Harris Museum has conducted a review of it’s opening times, and will now be open on the following:

Opening times summary

Monday                   10~5 (museum to open at 11am)

Tuesday                  10~5

Wednesday              10~8

Thursday                 10~5

Friday                     10~5

Saturday                 10~5

Sunday                   11~4


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Preston mother’s desperate plea to save her son.

Eliza Carlisle, was a widow with 3 sons serving in the First World War, Richard and William both with 6th Battalion The Loyal North Lancs and Thomas a Gunner with 3/9th Battery 2nd West Lancs Royal Field Artillery, her husband William had died some time before.


By 1911 the family lived at 218, Marsh Lane, Preston. As well as the 3 boys above their siblings were Jane, Mary, Louisa and Lily.


Thomas Carlisle was the youngest of the 3 brothers and determined to enlist like his older brothers but he was born 3rd May 1900 too young to enlist, despite this he went along to the Preston recruiting office on the 18th May 1915, enlisted with the West Lancs RFA declaring himself to be age 19 years and 1 month old. He was 5’ 7” tall with a chest measurement of 35” and of good physical condition therefore easily passed for a 19 year old.


On 23rd December 1915 he was sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force and served with various units until ending up with the 55 Trench Mortar Battery in June 1916.

9th September 1916 Eliza wrote to the Officer Commanding 2nd West Lancs RFA and included Thomas’s birth certificate, explaining that she was a widow with 3 sons serving but Thomas was under age and asked for his return until he was of age to enlist legally. A similar letter to the War office was sent by her on the 11th September 1916 with the same request. See below.

Carlisle image

As a result of these letters Thomas was sent home to England on the 8th October 1916 and discharged on the 11th October but he did qualify for the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal!


His elder brothers Richard and William both survived the war but did Thomas ever get to enlist again? We do not know. DO YOU?


Written by R Jefferson

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Letters from Preston soldiers on the Front are the basis for new sonic art work

From Saturday 21 May at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

  • Saturday 21st May 11am – 4pm. Meet the artists and experience the work.
  • Wednesday 25 May 5 – 6.30pm.Launch event. Meet the artists, hear more about the project and experience the work. Refreshments available


Homing is a new sound art work created by artists Jen Southern and Sam Thulin with the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire; a special commission for the WW1 centenary commemorations. Homing uses sound to make connections at a distance; between presence and absence, people and place, displacement and home.


The work is based on the original letters of Preston soldiers serving in the front line trenches of World War 1, taken from the archives of Lancashire Infantry Museum. The letters are testament to the attempts of soldiers and their loved ones to keep in touch despite the distances and atrocities of the war. The distance was not only physical; the longer the war continued the greater the distance in life experience between soldiers and those at home. Each letter represents an attempt to bridge that gap and, as much as is said, more is left unsaid or is unsayable.


The experience, which is accessed through headphones, begins at the Roll of Honour in the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and moves out onto the Flag Market and the Cenotaph. At the Roll of Honour, a sound composition from the cemeteries at the Somme can be heard, with all the sensory qualities of the local conditions; wind, rain, whistling, stonework. Out on the Flag Market, these sounds give way to fragments of stories from the men in the trenches; a stilted marriage proposal, an enquiry about health, a thank you for kippers sent through the post, a description of daily conditions and accounts of the terrible realities of the conflict.


Approaching the Cenotaph, the soldiers’ words are disrupted by ever intensifying GPS interference. This distant, targeting technology of modern day warfare, creates a sonic fog through which individual voices can no longer be heard, reflecting the difficulty of communication through the constant battle between signal and noise.


Homing contrasts the modes of communication used in WW1 and contemporary war. Voices from the harrowing fight on the front collide with the current technology that emphasises accuracy, immediacy and removal of the body from warfare, but that cannot know the context on the ground.


Walk, sit, drift and meander to experience this new sonic art work. Photographs, drawings and letters belonging to the soldiers can also be seen in the first floor cabinets of the Harris Museum.


Homing is a special commission by In Certain Places and Preston Remembers, developed with the support of the Lancashire Infantry Museum, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and the Centre for Mobilities Research at the University of Lancaster.


Follow @homingpreston for daily quotes from the soldiers’ writings



For further information please contact  or 01772 893204.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016