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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Recreating the Great War

YOUNGSTERS will be transported back in time to get a get a taste of what life was like during World War One.

Alan Gillon: Re-creating the life of a World War One soldier.

As schools across West Cumbria study the centenary of the Great War, The Beacon museum in Whitehaven has offered to give pupils a realistic experience with staff pulling on authentic costume complete with replica weapons.

Alan Gillon, learning officer at The Beacon, will conduct assemblies at Copeland’s schools to support and develop the topic.

He said: “Like many museums across the country, we will be supporting local schools to deliver the subject and to discuss modern day attitudes and perceptions of the Great War.

“The popular view today of World War One is of needless slaughter, but in 1918 the majority opinion in Britain is that it was a just war.

“Working with schools and groups we will look at what was happening in our own area while the war was being fought and look at how the war was viewed a century ago.”

Alan says he will give an “enthusiastic introduction” to the subject and is calling on schools that would like to take advantage of the free talk, to contact him on either 01946 592302 or alan.gillon@ copeland.gov.uk.

The Beacon will hold an exhibition next year to mark 100 years since Whitehaven’s Private Abraham Acton was killed in action.

Pvt Acton was posthumously honoured with The Victoria Cross for his bravery and his medal and his heroic story are part of the Copeland Museum Collection.

The Beacon Museum is closed until May 24 for refurbishment.


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