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A fitting end to this special year of Remembrance

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle final Tuesday night talk of the year will be a fitting one.

Following the Museum’s year-long events and exhibitions programme to mark the ending of the First World War the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will give an illustrated talk showcasing the work of the Arboretum and the many different charities it works with at the Museum on Tuesday 13 November.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice.

Since planting began in 1997, the National Memorial Arboretum has been a special place honouring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways. It’s a place of life, represented by the 30,000 trees planted here and covering 150 acres where older and younger generations alike can wander and wonder.

Importantly, the focus isn’t totally military. There is a large area devoted to Police who have fallen while on duty, as well as other areas devoted to the Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services. National charities representing those who have died in particular circumstances, including children, are also to be found in the Arboretum grounds. Opened officially in 2001 the Arboretum is seen as a place where lives of people are remembered.

The Museum’s “Lest We Forget” Temporary Exhibition is also in its final weeks. The Exhibition which showcases the Museum’s own collections and archives focusses on remembrance and how remembrance has changed over the years. The Exhibition will close on 25 November has received many favourable comments from visitors.

The exhibition explores the First World War and the huge impact it had on society that changed how we remember and commemorate. It still has an influence on how we remember today. Many bereaved families who had no grave as a focus for their grief formed committees to create a monument for commemoration.

Some chose a functional memorial such as a school, sports pavilion, Community Hall such as Dalston Victory Hall, or hospital like Brampton War Hospital or garden such as the Memorial Park in Aspatria. The Fell and Rock Climbing Club plaque at the summit of Great Gable, remembers Club Members who died in the war.

The talk starts at 6:00pm (doors open from 5:30pm) £5 pre-booked £6 on the door.

Seats are limited, pre-purchase tickets to avoid disappointment.

For further information contact the Museum on (01228) 532774.

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