First World War Centenary: From Fells to Flanders

17 July - 20 December 2014

Lakeland Arts is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). The Partnership is delivering a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to connect with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

In July 2014, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry will open a temporary display to explore the Lake District’s contribution to the First World War and the impact that was felt at home.

‘At first glance the conflict seems to have been so far away from the pleasant landscape of the Lake District, but further examination reveals that this region made a huge contribution to the war effort. Experiments in early flight on Windermere were instrumental to the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service, local industries and individuals got behind the war effort and craftsmen and women carved memorials and produced artwork to commemorate those who did not return home.’ James Arnold, Assistant Curator Social History, Lakeland Arts

The Museum would be interested to hear about your family’s stories of Lakeland Life during the First World War and to learn of heirlooms that survive as a record of your family’s role in the conflict. Please contact James Arnold on jarnold@lakelandarts.org.uk or 01539 722464.

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