Lancaster Nostalgia: Diverse tales from the home front

Time and tide
Time and tide

Stories as diverse as a body found on a beach with a steamship ticket from Ireland, a soldier dying in a boxing match before he made it to the front, and a pregnant young woman last seen jumping from Morecambe Pier, all feature in a new exhibition.

The poignant exhibition ‘Time and Tide’, runs until Sunday December 20 in various venues across the county.

The display is the result of the examination of coroners’ reports on deaths of people on the home front in Lancaster and Morecambe during World War One.

Over the past few months residents have researched available reports of local people and created their life stories, helped by local poet, Sarah Hymas.

Sarah has also held a series of creative writing workshops to support the exhibition and work from these will also be on display.

Victoria McCann, a Lancashire County Council senior archivist, said: “Putting this exhibition together has been a great way to connect people with their local history.

“It may be a more macabre exhibition than usual, but it does give us another perspective on life on the home front.

“We’ve found out more about a pregnant and desperate young woman, who was last seen jumping from Morecambe Pier, her blue coat flapping in the wind. There are many other unfortunate stories just like these, which we’ve made in to an exhibition, so that visitors can gain a very realistic insight into the lives of local people, and importantly what happened to them.”

The exhibition will be supported by people who have taken part in the project reading their work at Lancashire Archives on Saturday November 28 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The exhibition is free to attend, booking isn’t required and is on display as follows:

Heysham Library, Heysham Road, Heysham, until Wednesday August 26.

Morecambe Library, Central Drive, Morecambe, from Thursday August 27 until Wednesday September 30.

Hest Bank Memorial Hall, Hanging Green Lane, Hest Bank, from Thursday October 1 until Thursday October 15.

Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster, from Thursday October 15 until Saturday November 14.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries. Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.