Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle are celebrating today after receiving a £19,900 grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust for a project to collect stories from all military personnel who have served in Afghanistan.
The Museum are looking to work with veterans and serving personnel to showcase the ordinary soldier’s story. Using objects from the Museums own collections participants will co-curate an exhibition with Museum staff and a film maker. The exhibition will highlight their stories with information from the Museum providing a backdrop to this conflict.
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life are now issuing a “Call to action!” They are looking for willing volunteers to steer the project and be a part of a recruitment drive for military personnel to share their untold stories and experiences with the people of Cumbria and beyond, recording their stories for posterity.
Jules Wooding Learning and Access Officer at the Museum said: “We are looking to collect experiences and record events and activities as a permanent archive for the Museum. The covenant funding has enabled us to focus on the recent Afghanistan conflict, to offer an opportunity to veterans and service personnel to share their experiences, connecting with the centenary of the Third Afghan War of 1919.
It is important for us to record these most recent experiences, allowing all service personnel to share their stories and extend our archive to include more modern conflicts.”
Anyone wishing to take part in the project can contact Jules Wooding at the Museum by emailing [email protected].