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21st July 2016

As part of Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life’s Somme 100 Commemorations, we are holding a Summer School and running a number of free drop-in Commemorative Quilt Sessions. Read more about our involvement in the project here

Museum celebrating Arts Council Funding

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle were today celebrating their successful application to Arts Council England for a £14,075 grant toward their Somme 100 Commemorations.

The Somme 100 Commemoration Community Arts Project will see the Museum team up with Prism Arts to deliver an arts project culminating in a special event in Carlisle Castle on Remembrance Day (11 November).

Schools throughout the County will start work on the project during September. Initially working with Learning and Access Office Jules Wooding from the Museum on a special WW1 handling session, they will then work with a creative writer to interpret their idea before their work is transformed into a song which each school performing their version on Remembrance Day.

Prism Arts will also be working with the Museum on a week long Summer School, running from 22nd – 26th August, and to create a commemorative quilt for the 100th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. The quilt will explore aspects of the Somme or military conflict. This could encompass family stories, animals at war or knitted comforts that were sent to the troops.

The quilt will be constructed as along thin line of individual patches which can then be rolled up like a roll call/list of names. Each patch will be the same size as the tins of chocolates that were sent out to each of the soldiers for Christmas 1914. We will be holding a drop in session on 24th August for members of the public. Contact Jules Wooding on (01228) 532774 to book a place.

Jules Wooding, Learning and Access Officer said:

“The Arts Council England Funding gives us a fantastic opportunity to work with Prism Arts and continue our commemorations of the Battle of the Somme, working in a more creative way with communities. We have seen from the amazing response with the knitted poppies project that we launched earlier in the year that delivering our work in a more creative way appeals to people of all ages and also brings communities together.”

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