Workshops highlight a part of Grimsby's past

Issued: 21st May 2019

Local history enthusiasts are invited to discover more about a period of Grimsby’s history when local men and boys were interned at Ruhleben Camp, a Civilian Internment Camp on the outskirts of Berlin during the First World War.

Three workshops during May will help to tell the story of these local men, how they lived and passed their time, as well as explore their family background and connections to the local area.

The events form part of a series of events taking place throughout the summer - “In Ruhleben Camp” – all exploring this fascinating period of local history, which saw men from this area create a society that drew praise from those in command. 

  • The Men of Ruhleben workshop takes place on Thursday, May 23, from 2pm to 4pm at Cleethorpes Library.
  • Attendees will be given the chance to explore family history resources and look at the background of some of the interned men at a Family History Workshop on Friday, May 24, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at Grimsby Library. Booking required please call Grimsby Local History Library on (01472) 323635.
  • On Thursday, May 30, from 2pm to 4pm, a workshop on the Camp Magazine takes place at Cleethorpes Library. This workshop explores how local men developed and published their own magazine for fellow internees giving a fascinating insight into life at the camp.

In Ruhleben Camp is a Lincs Inspire Libraries project and has received National Lottery Heritage Funding. In addition to workshops, talks and exhibitions a sold-out theatre production at the end of the month helps to bring to life the conditions experienced in Ruhleben.

For the full programme of events visit our events and activities page or email derek.O'