Heckford brings history to life

Heckford Exhibitions have been selected by Chorley Remembers to create an interactive exhibition to commemorate those from the local area who served their country during wartime.

The exhibition will include a recreation of a wartime trench and an interactive memorial for those who lost their lives during conflict.

The permanent exhibition will be on display at Astley Hall in Chorley. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to use the latest touch-screen technology to discover the story of Chorley’s war heroes and also explore a detailed recreation of what life was like in the trenches during wartime through realistic sets.

Eddie Blake, from Heckford Exhibitions, said: “Developing the interactive attraction for Chorley Remembers has been one of the most challenging projects we have worked on but the end result will look amazing. In order to tell the story of the Chorley Pals we have used the latest technology so that future generations can understand what they went through during the war."

Chorley Remembers is a major heritage project devised, managed and delivered by Trustees behind the Chorley Pals Memorial based in the Lancashire market town.

The charity was founded in 2007 by the town’s MP, Lindsay Hoyle, and local historian and author, Steve Williams. In less than three years it raised over £105,000 for a memorial to the town’s ‘Pals’ unit who fought at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The statue was unveiled on the February 28, 2010 and stands proudly overlooking the town’s main market.