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Tuesday Talk – ‘Deborah the First World War Tank – Building friendship in peacetime’

Tank Deborah

Tuesday 12th November 2019 – 6pm

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life final Tuesday Talk of the year continues with a talk on Deborah the First World War Tank – Building friendship in peacetime. Speakers Fiona Graham and Paul Ottey will be discussing the discovery of a First World War Mark IV tank called Deborah from the 1917 Battle of Cambrai. Buried after the war, Deborah, officially tank D51, was found just over 20 years ago by historian and local resident Philippe Gorczynski MBE.

Using film footage, interviews and drone technology Fiona and Paul will show the story of Deborah and how this National French Monument has brought British and French communities together in 2019. They will bring the story of Deborah to the UK after working exclusively with the Royal Tank Regiment in France and the tank’s founder Philippe Gorczynski MBE.

About the speakers

Fiona Graham is Associate Professor of Film Technology at Staffordshire University and a Producer and Director for more than 25 years having created and developed programmes with the History Channel, Sky, BBC, channel 5 and ITV, and British Forces Broadcasting Service.

Paul Ottey is Senior Lecturer and Director of Photography and Course Leader of Film and Media Production at Staffordshire University, with content creation for independent film and Sky, Channel 5 and British Forces Broadcasting Service.

The Museum

The Military Museum tells the stories of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, as well as The Border Regiment and its antecedent Regiments, and is located within Alma Block in Carlisle Castle. This talk will equally bring back memories for veterans of the Regiment and be of interest to those who enjoy both local and military history.

The talk starts at 6:00pm (doors open 5.30pm) in the Museum, Alma Block, The Castle, Carlisle CA3 8UR.

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

The Museums’ Talks Programme restarts in the New Year on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 6.30pm with local speaker Chester Forster talking about The Rev Theodore Bayley Hardy VC, DSO, MC – The Most Highly Decorated Non-Combatant in WWI from Cumbria

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