Updated at 6.34pm: An exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Volunteers is currently on show at the Museum of Coastal Defence, a government spokesman said on Thursday. The exhibition - 'Serving Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Volunteers' - was organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the 'RHKR The Volunteers Association'. It featured more than 50 artefacts and illustrated panels, the spokesman said. The exhibition traces the establishment of the Volunteers, their role in World War II and post-war development. Perhaps the most dramatic moment in the regiment's history occurred on December 8, 1941 when the Japanese invaded Hong Kong. The Volunteers - renamed the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps - fought bravely against the invaders in an 18-day battle. Many were killed and captured. Some officers were interned by the Japanese. Some volunteers escaped and formed the British Army Aid Group to assist the Chinese government to continue to fight against Japan. The Volunteers were reconstituted in 1948. After the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984, the government announced that the regiment would disband. However, the number of new recruits went up. In June 1995, the regiment carried out its last exercise. The exhibition on the Volunteers will run until May 31, 2005. For details, visit the museum's website at http://hk.coastaldefence.museum/ or contact, tel: 2569 1249.