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The next time you are on holiday in the Lake District, we would highly recommend paying a visit to Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life which is located in a refurbished 1932 Regency style building on the grounds of Carlisle Castle.
The building itself is impressive, with it having originally been constructed to provide a Regimental Institute for the military representatives from the area. Now serving as a museum, it tells the story of soldiers past and present who have played a part in Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment over the years.
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life is a great destination for the whole family, with a range of audio/visual displays to ensure that the experience is as engaging as possible. This includes a diorama of a First World War Trench.
There are also a number of interesting collections to explore, all of which are made up of various items from the infantry history including uniforms, weapons and medals. You can also take a peek at the fascinating range of equipment which was used historically as well as a eclectic range of campaign relics.
It is a popular destination for educational trips, with various talks put on to educate schools, colleges and special interest groups about the regiment and all the wars to which they contributed, including both World Wars.
This year, the museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with a major community-based project that includes an exhibition called ‘Voices from the Somme 1916-2016’.
Seven battalions of the regiment, as well as men from the Cumberland and Westmorland areas, were part of the allied forces efforts during this historic battle in which almost 1,700 border regiment soldiers sadly lost their lives, with another 3,500 wounded.
This celebration will allow people to pay their respects to the military personnel who were not too dissimilar from you and me; with the overall aim being to raise awareness and widen people’s knowledge about the connection the local area had with the battle.
The exhibition will be taking place at the museum between the 24th June and 20th November 2016, so make sure you pay a visit if you happen to be one of the first holidaymakers to stay at our brand new Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, with the museum being just a half hour journey away from our resort.
Thanet Well Lodge Retreat is the perfect destination for Lake District holidays, with a range of luxury holiday lodges available which offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
While it provides you with the chance to enjoy the tranquility, it is also ideally located close to many of the areas top attractions, including Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life.
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