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This is exhibition is now over, but the following information is retained on our website as an archive.

2016 Major Summer Exhibition Now Closed:

141 Days: The Battle of the Somme

What our visitors are saying:

bulletVery sad and moving.  A very informative exhibition.
bulletVery effective display created with imagination.
bulletBrought kids they were very interested and asked lots of questions.  Fantastic exhibition.
bulletA simple yet moving portrayal of the role of the King's Own in the Battles of the Somme that underlies the futility by which the battles were fought within the entrenched mindset of those who contributed to it.

Supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust our major exhibition tells the story of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

953 soldiers of the Regiment died in the battle which lasted for 141 days from 1st July to 18th November 1916.  Our exhibition tells the story of the soldiers, their life, the actions they were involved with and the horrors they faced.  There's also time off some come and visit the recreation hut in England or the travelling caravan bringing refreshments to the troops and souvenirs and love tokens for the soldiers to send home.

The exhibition, in the main exhibition space of Lancaster City Museum ran from Saturday 23rd July to Tuesday  22nd November 2016 and was visited by 22 743 people.

141 Days: The Battle of the Somme - On Line Exhibition

Some views of the exhibition:


Entrance and introduction to the Battle of the Somme.


Training for gas warfare, a new horror to face the troops.


Training the new Army.


Time for a break in the recreation hut.


Time for a sing-song in the recreation hut.


The Battle of the Somme beings.


Aerial photographs show the damage created by the artillery bombardments.


Rare objects from the Somme tell the story./


Barbed wire and dugout.


The second room and the story of Private Miller VC.


The battle rages until November 1916.


The Story of the Message - Private James Miller VC.


The Victoria Cross of Private James Miller VC.


A screening of the Battle of the Somme film in the Palladium.


Soldiers could buy many things to send home to their loved ones.


Postcards, badges and brooches to a doll sent home to a soldier's daughter.


Our wall of 953 names lists the fallen of the regiment at the Battle of the Somme.

Supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust

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 You must seek permission prior to publication of any of our images.

Only a proportion of our collections are on display at anyone time.  Certain items are on loan for display in other institutions.  An appointment is required to consult any of our collections which are held in store.

2016 Trustees of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum