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Tuesday Talk: The Birth of Airborne Forces

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life Tuesday Talks Series continues, on Tuesday 12th March, with The Birth of Airborne Forces. Becks Skinner, manager of Keswick Museum, will be exploring the early years of Airborne Forces in the Second World War through the men that served, their training and the battles they fought.

The Museum has a strong connection to Airborne Forces. The Border Regiment’s 1st Battalion were converted into Airborne troops during the Second World War and joined 1st Airborne Division, seeing action at Sicily in 1943 and Arnhem in 1944.

The Military Museum is dedicated to bringing exciting topics, which illustrate the history of the local Regiment, campaigns and battles, the varied history of the Army and associated topics, to a wider audience. Find out more at:

The talk will start at 6:00pm (doors open 5.30pm – a cash bar is available for refreshments)

Tickets are £5 each (£6 on the door) and can be booked by calling the Museum on (01228) 532774 or email: [email protected] or online

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

All talks are held at Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Alma Block within Carlisle Castle.

Becks Skinner is the author of ‘British Paratrooper 1940-45’ and Manager of Keswick Museum. She has recently completed a Dissertation for her Masters in Heritage Management exploring how 16 Air Assault Brigade use their heritage today. Between 2009 and 2014, she worked for the Airborne Assault: The Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. She previously served within the Royal Corps of Signals whilst in the Territorial Army.

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