‘Chorley Remembers’ is a heritage project based in the Lancashire market town of Chorley (population 108,000).
Devised and managed by the Chorley Pals Memorial, a registered charity that erected a memorial in 2010 to their ‘Pals’ company who fought in The Great War. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by Chorley Council, the main aim of the project is to research the names of the fallen from the town and place their names on a new low screen wall at the back of the existing civic war memorial in the town. Working with the Chorley branch of the Lancashire Family History Society, a total of 738 names were identified over a 30 month period. The new memorial was finally unveiled on Remembrance Sunday 2012.
Other aspects of the project include a website, creating a database of the names / men on the memorial, talks, exhibitions and workshops, as well as an education resource pack for the 56 schools across the Borough. A new permanent ‘Remembrance Experience’ exhibition is to be created in the Coach House at Astley Hall in Chorley (the town’s museum & art gallery), scheduled to be open by Easter 2013; there will be on-site facilities to search the project archive and databases. In addition, there will be a book about the project, to include details of all the men on the memorial as well as selected stories of the Borough’s involvement in conflicts from the First World War to modern times.
Other outcomes include a remembrance trail and leaflet, as well as a children’s activity leaflet for visitors to the ‘Remembrance Experience’. There is a memories project on-going with students from Runshaw College videoing relatives of those from the town who were involved in wars and conflicts.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the 31st August 2013.
“A heritage project with a remembrance theme”