12/10/2018 0 Comments
An exhibition, to be held in both St. John’s and Levens Institute with refreshments in Levens Methodist Chapel, will be held over the weekend of 10 & 11 November to mark the Centenary of the First World War. This will complement Levens Parish Council’s display of commemorative poppies, which can be seen in the centre of the village. The project will enable local people to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. Volunteers have collected photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, keepsakes, letters and photographs, as well as family tales, which have enabled them to build a clear picture of what life was really like.
Items of interest will include; the story of Peggy, a Levens horse taken to the front to serve an artillery officer, and later repatriated from Salonika, and Lady Bagot’s Hospital of Friendship, which served the allied armies in Belgium and France, and was supported by many local donations and fund-raising appeals.
With help from professionals, the information gathered will both form an on-line interactive archive where everyone can access and contribute information, which will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about WWI and the Home Front, and will also be made available through a book to be published in 2019.
Thanks go to the National Lottery players throughout the country whose contributions have brought history to life in a small part of Cumbria.
Levens Local History Group