The new Chorley Remembers Experience exhibition is in the former Gallery of the Coach House in Astley Hall, 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 will be a shop and activities for younger visitors, as be open for education / school visits throughout the year.
Initial opening times are 12.00 noon to 4.30 p.m. at weekends and Bank Holidays from Easter to Christmas, as well as Saturday through to Wednesday during school holidays; it may be open on a Thursday and Friday, but this is subject to volunteers availability.