We are proud to be associated with the Lancashire Infantry Museum in Preston and have undertaken various projects for them.
The First World War colours at Blackburn Cathedral were conserved by Heritage Volunteers in time for the 98th Battle of the Somme Memorial Service in 2014 and can been seen in the St Martin Chapel. The work was completed in time for the WW1 commemorations and fulfilled Samlesbury’s contribution to NADFAS’s national WW1 commemoration. The work was undertaken with funds provided by Mr Roger Mitchell, President of our Society and by Deans Court Chambers, Manchester and Preston.
Th volunteers have also been involved with the clearning of medals and display of uniforms
Here we show some of our volunteers at work.
Group of Volunteers cleaning a collection of medals attached to a board. The cased collection was being prepared for the 90th Birthday Exhibition of the Military Museum.
Colour from the Manchester Regiment in the conservation process. The netted colours have been returned to the Regiment and will eventually be placed in Manchester Cathedral.
Volunteer using a button shield to clean metal buttons still attached to a uniform tunic. The shield allows the metal buttons to be cleaned without transferring polish to the surface of the fabric.
Heritage Volunteers are at the Museum on Wednesdays although work has been much disrupted by the present situation.
The Museum is not open at present. Details can be found at www.lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk
Other Projects Volunteers have also catalogued and photographed the Blackburn Art Gallery and Museum’s ceramic and ethnic collections and The Hart Collection of rare books. The most recent project was the cleaning and cataloguing of their silver collection. The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund sponsored the training for this project.
If you are interested in helping with any of these projects do get in touch.
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