First World War – 100 Years On

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Join Lancaster Castle as they explore local stories and key events which occurred in Lancaster during the First World War.
Lancaster Castle has been used as a prison since the mid-1600’s and the Great War was no exception, between 1914 and 1918 the Castle was used as a Prisoner of War camp for German officers and internees.

Over the weekends living history event, experience first-hand the uniforms, weapons, munitions, arms, food rations and living conditions of a World War I army regiment, including a genuine Vickers machine gun and, on Sunday 10th June, a full size WWI tank!

Relive history in the company of soldiers from both British Empire Forces and the German forces. Learn more about the life of peace activists, conscientious objectors, the local constabulary and even the famous Munitionette’s – the women who worked at the White Lund munitions factory, one of the largest munitions depot in the country; learn about its spectacular explosion in 1917.  Over the weekend we will have one of the 19th century steam powered fire engines that attended that very fire to commemorate the event.

£3 entry fee to the Castle event. Under-5’s free of charge.


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