FOR many people the Battle of the Somme, which wiped out the Accrington Pals, seems like a long time ago, preserved only in dusty history books.
But creative schoolchildren across Hyndburn are determined to bring the past to life with vivid displays capturing the feel of a town torn apart by World War One.
Pupils at The Hollins Technology College, Moorhead High School and St Christopher's High School, Accrington, are hoping their work will soon be displayed at the Haworth Art Gallery.
Paul Drew at The Hollins said: "Our pupils have been doing work based around 'comfort boxes' which families and friends back home used to send to the soldiers to keep their morale high.
"They would have included things like tobacco, Christmas cards and small pencils. Our pupils have been putting these boxes together to try to bring history to life."
He added that to keep the boxes looking authentic they would be decorated with pictures from the time and contain verses from First World War poets including Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
Pupils at Moorhead have also been finding ways to breathe new life into the story of the Pals.
Teacher Andy O'Brien said: "They have been looking at propaganda posters - the sort of things that were used to encourage people to join up. We are looking at recreating some of those by drawing them.
"We are also getting the pupils to create diaries imagining what people would have felt at that time.
"Pupils will be filming themselves acting out the parts of ordinary people, both in the trenches and left behind at home, whose lives were affected by the momentous events of the Great War."
Mr O'Brien added: "Many of the pupils will have had ancestors who were affected by the war. They may have seen objects at home relating to it but never put it in context before. This project will help bring it alive for them."
Meanwhile, students at St Christopher's will be having a brush with creativity when their summer school workshops go ahead later this year.
Sam Parkinson, head of art, explained that pupils would be using paintings and digital images to re-create the atmosphere of the time.
With all this going on, it just proves that after 90 years the Accrington Pals may be gone but they are definitely not forgotten.