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Carlisle ‘Journey to the East’ exhibition wins National Lottery support

Carlisle Castle[C]umbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle were celebrating today after receiving a £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting summer exhibition: Journey to the East, A Soldier’s Life in India. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the life of the county’s infantry and their family’s passage to and lives in India from 1820-1947.

The exhibition will feature the Museum’s extensive photographic collection and will include soldier’s experiences and give an insight in to what life was like for the soldier and their family until 1947.

Jules Wooding, Learning and Access Officer at the Museum said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players. The funding will enable us to digitise and catalogue our extensive India archive at the Museum ahead of the summer exhibition. Journey to the East will tell the story of our County’s infantry Regiment from the 34th Foot and the 55th Foot as well as the Border Regiment and their role in protecting the trade from India back to Britain and policing the empire. During the summer we will be hosting family friendly summer workshops, talks and a five day India festival.”

Journey to the East – A soldiers Life in India will run from 8 July -29 October 2017.

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle is located in the heart of the historic quarter in Carlisle within the walls of magnificent Carlisle Castle. The Museum tells the story of the County’s Infantry Regiment and its soldiers past and present.

The Border Regiment was formed in 1881 with the amalgamation of the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment and the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment.

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