Remembrance 2018

A series of events will be held across Cumbria to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day - 100 years since the end of World War One.

Kendal Library

  • Friday 9th November 3pm. David Bowcock former Cumbria County archivist will be talking about the Border Regiment. Tickets £ 3  
  • Exhibition on the First World War and the soldiers recorded on War memorials in South Lakeland in the Library gallery. This will include the Burton in Kendal Remembrance volume from Kendal Archive Centre.
  • Kendal Remembrance Trail.  Commemoration cards on lamp posts in Kendal recording the names of soldiers recorded on the Kendal War memorial and from Oxenholme. Follow a trail to find out where these cards are. Trail guide will be available from various outlets including Kendal library.
  • Display of books relating to First World War poetry 5-15 November
  • Short film by the Cumbria Film Archive on the First and Second World Wars in Cumbria to be shown throughout the day in the Gallery 8th and 9th of November
  • Kendal Civic Society Walking Tour. Details to be finalised.

Ulverston Library

  • 27th October to 10th November  exhibition remembering the sacrifice made by the men and women of Ulverston during the great War
  • Coffee morning 7th November 10-12.30 - opportunity to research and investigate family links to the fallen

Ambleside and Windermere Libraries

  • Ambleside Oral History Group, based at Ambleside Library, will present "The Great War - Ambleside's Story" in words, music and pictures at 7.30pm on Friday November 9 at St Mary's Parish Church, Ambleside,  in conjunction with Ambleside/Kirkstone Rotary Club. Tickets are £ 5, with proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
  • Ambleside and Windermere Libraries'  displays focus on the impact of the end of the Great War on the troops still fighting. Using material from the local archives of Ambleside Oral History Group and the Imperial War Museum, it expresses the relief and sheer exhaustion of those still in the frontline. Some celebrated, but others simply slept for hours, and there was a feeling of anti-climax and sadness at the loss of so many pals and relatives as towns and villages throughout Britain celebrated. Each display also has  named poppies for every person who died or was listed as missing in World War One, as commemorated on the Ambleside and Windermere war memorials. Members of the public and visitors from elsewhere are invited to remember anyone they knew of who died in the War by inscribing a poppy and adding it to the display.

Kirkby Lonsdale Library

  • Talk by Isobel Stirk on Monday 12th November at 2pm on writers and writing during the First World War. Tickets £ 3 to include refreshments.

Milnthorpe Library

  • Display 11-22 November. Some photos of Soldiers from Cumberland and Westmorland who died during the First World War and local War Memorials.

Grange Library

  • Display of local WW1 War Memorials and display of the service records of some local men listed on the memorials.

Sedbergh Library

  • Display by the Sedbergh and District Local History Society.

Whitehaven library

  • hosting a WW1 display on the cube at the front of Whitehaven Library which will also incorporate some original 1918 local newspapers.


Cleator Moor Library

  • hosting a talk by Joseph Ritson entitled The Great War: Armistice, Victory and Peace in West Cumberland. Thursday 8 November from 2pm. Come along and discover more about what happened locally after the Great War.


Millom library

  • To commemorate the ending of World War I Millom Library will be hosting the Haverigg and St Luke's Roll of Honour (2 - 9 November) prior to its display in St George's Parish Church. The Roll of Honour (1914 - 1918) is a unique book of remembrance compiled for the Millom community and which records all the people from this community and surrounding areas who served in various roles in the Great War. 
  • To complement the Roll of Honour there will be a display of information and photographs from the time and there will be an informal talk on the 2nd November (11am - 2pm) by a local family historian who will also be on hand to answer any related queries and assist people in discovering or researching possible contributions made during the war by ancestors in their different capacities. (a poster will follow for this event)


All other Copeland libraries will also have related displays.

Towards Remembrance Sunday - Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th November - 9:30am - 5pm

  • Poster display on World War One and local Victoria Cross heroes.

Archives Discovery Evening - Tuesday 20 November - 7pm-9pm

  • A century since the end of the 'War to end all Wars'. This evening we will mark this event, and look at ways the Armistice was reported and how we now remember our war dead. Free Event.  Refreshments provided.

Explore Your Archive Week - Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd November 9:30am  - 5pm

  • To mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War we will be displaying information panels on four local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Staff will be on hand to advise how to research your own family heroes.

Workshops 'A Brave New World' 1st, 2nd & 7th November

  • World War On workshops for KS2 students.  Using archive sources they will learn all about Whitehaven's Victoria Cross hero and how children helped the war effort. 
  • Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven contributed to Copeland Borough Council's  A Brave New World exhibition on the Armistice, being held at the Beacon Museum from 6th Oct - 11TH Nov 2018, which tells the story of what happened when the fighting stopped. The display covered local reactions to the War and the Armistice, what events were held to mark the end of the War and to commemorate those who had died. It also looked at life in the immediate aftermath for both the civilian population and returning soldiers in terms of housing, employment, disease and injury.   The Archives collaborated with local researcher, Joseph Ritson and supplied text and images for the display.             



The exhibition looks at "Remembrance" in its broadest sense focussing on people and what they have done, our servicemen and women, those who lost their lives or were injured, those who served and came home, their families and everyone affected by conflict and related events. Alongside the  exhibition the Museum will be running a series of events including a talk on the National Memorial Arboretum on Tuesday 13 November and a Thursday Movie Night at the Museum with a licensed bar on 22 November (showing Journey's End).

Visit to book tickets.

Including performances by Rocket Theatre, plus poetry reading and much more.

Take part in this special five-kilometre run. You don't need to register but if you'd like your run timed, register with parkrun for free. Follow Cumbria Poppy Appeal on Facebook or @CumbriaPoppy on Twitter for more information.

Organised by the Royal British Legion in aid of the Poppy Appeal.

Join the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle at a short service to lay Poppy Crosses on War Graves in Carlisle Cemetery. This is the culmination of the laying of over 200 crosses on every War Grave in the cemetery and a total of 400 in the various cemeteries in Carlisle.

A Young Persons' Remembrance Service will be held. Children are invited to lay tributes, readings and poems at the City Memorial.

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War One will be commemorated in the city with four special events under the banner, Carlisle Remembers 1918.

"This Day in 1918" will transport visitors back to what life was like at Carlisle Castle and in the city 100 years ago with an all-day re-enactment, starting with the opening ceremony at 11am by the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle. From the 18th century to the 1960s the castle was the headquarters of the Border Regiment.  A total of 23,000 recruits passed through it during the war.

Visitors will be able to experience what trench warfare was like, see the wounded being treated in a field hospital, watch performances from local theatre groups and the Salvation Army Band, and see a drill demonstration by the Army Cadet Force. There will be a full-sized replica Mark IV tank on display, similar to that which sat outside the castle gates until 1935, along with a genuine World War One supply lorry.

Refreshments will be available, served by staff in period costume and a beer tent will operate under the rules of the State Management Scheme, which were in force in licensed premises around Carlisle at that time.

There will then be a torch lit procession from the Castle to the Market Square where the terms of the Armistice will be read out from the steps of the Old Town Hall by the Mayor of Carlisle.

To close the day, a Festival of Remembrance will take place at The Sands Centre, with songs and music from the era. This is a ticketed event and is sold out.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle will lead the Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, when the Two Minutes' Silence will be observed, and a Wreath will be laid by the Mayor. Former servicemen and women are invited to form up at Paternoster Row at 10.30am ready to march to the War Memorial in Greenmarket for the service. All welcome.

The Chairman of Cumbria County Council, Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson will join the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and other dignitaries including the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle to attend a Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, organised by The Royal British Legion (Cumberland and Westmorland County Branch) and Cumbria County Council. All welcome to attend.

Starting with lunch in the community café from 12.30pm. Followed by songs from the era, performed in the theatre, by Pennine Way School Choir at 1pm and the Carlisle Community Choir at 1.15pm. Movie Monday Club will then present a showing of the Steven Spielberg classic War Horse at 2pm.

Those attending will be asked to make a donation to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.