A NEW traveling exhibition exploring the link between football and the military has launched at the Museum of Military Life in Cumbria.
The exhibit, which will tour other museums in the North West, arrived at the museum, located at Carlisle Castle, on September 28.
As part of a wider national project, the exhibition is a collaboration between North West Partners, the Museum of Military Life in Cumbria, the Lancashire Infantry Museum in Preston and the Rifles Museum in Bury, with support from the National Football Museum and Cumbria Archives.
The exhibit was funded by Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT), in partnership with Sporting Heritage CIC. The national project aimed to develop a better understanding of the relationship between sport and the armed forces.
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The exhibition uses many fascinating images and archival documents from the collections of the partner museums illustrating the popularity of football in the army. It shows how football helps keep soldiers fit and uplifting, how it prepares for battle, with a focus on both World War I and World War II.
Museum Director Jules Wooding said: “It has been wonderful to work with colleagues from Carlisle Archives, the Lancashire Infantry Museum, the Fusilier Museum and the National Football Museum on this project. With the incredible success of the team at England women’s football and the upcoming Men’s World Cup in November, now is a great time to focus on football and explore our collection here at the museum.”
The exhibition will run at the museum until November 20.
An accompanying football-themed holiday workshop will take place at the Museum on Wednesday 26 October from 11am to 3pm at the Cumbria Museum of Military Life.
Visit www.CumbriasMuseumOfMilitaryLife.org or call 01228 532774 for opening times.
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