District plans to mark WW1

Inner courtyard at Lancaster Castle.
Inner courtyard at Lancaster Castle.

Plans to commemorate World War One in the Lancaster district are continuing to take shape.

Events are expected to be launched before June 28 – which is Armed Forces Day and also the date of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which is thought to have set off a chain reaction leading to the war.

At Lancaster Castle, there are plans for a display of 20 to 25 ancient army vehicles, with a climbing wall, stalls and an assault course, with proceeds from the event going to military charities.

The Kings Own Museum in Lancaster will be hosting a major exhibition starting on June 21 and running to October, while Lancaster Priory will be holding a service commemorating the last few days of peace.

There will be exhibitions at the Friends Meeting House looking at peace, activism and conscientious objection, and the Lancaster and District Family History Group are currently working on collecting stories about local people involved in the war.

From February 12 to 15, there will be displays including maps, in St Nicholas’ Arcade.and there will also be guided walks around the city and postcard exhibitions at Lancaster and Morecambe libraries later in the year. The Dukes Theatre is also looking at producing up to eight performances with one emerging as a big show for 2018 – possibly at Lancaster Castle.

Other events planned include a play – Forgotten Voices – at The Heron Theatre in Beetham, heritage days organised by the Civic Society in September, and a Global Link project looking at political and religious dissent in Lancaster.