The Chorley Remembers Experience is located on the first floor in the the Coach House next to Astley Hall in Chorley.
It comprises of 1,500 square feet of exhibition and display space, divided into three ‘zones’ – remembrance, conflicts and activity.
The interactive exhibition focusses on Chorley’s involvement and military history over the years.
The ideas and designs are from Trustees of the Chorley Pals Memorial, who manage and run the Chorley Remembers project.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and donations to the Chorley Remembers Appeal Fund, the exhibition space in the Coach House has been provided by Chorley Council.
The twenty-one large interpretation panels, covering everything from the First World War, trench life, the Second World War, the local Royal Ordnance Factory (1938 – 2007) up to modern times, were researched and written by local historian Steve Williams, who also manages the project.
The exhibition itself has been designed and produced by Heckford Exhibitions from Preston, whilst artefacts have been donated or loaned by local people – many relatives of men and women from Chorley who served in the military.
The exhibition includes paintings and displays, a WW1 “trench experience” with sound & light effects, touch screens to search databases and a screen showing veterans memories.
There is a shop and activities for younger visitors, as is open for education and school visits throughout the year.
The Chorley Remembers Experience is open between 12.00 noon and 4.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
During the rest of this year’s school holidays, we’re open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday up until and including the 3rd September.