Munitionettes, Medals and Memorials

Issued: 25th September 2019

Join us in November for a free exhibition examining life on the Home Front and the legacy of the Great War in North East Lincolnshire.

The exhibition will include photographs, artefacts and original documents from North East Lincolnshire Archives that tell the story of the impact of the war on the area and the conflict’s lasting legacy of rolls of honour, medals and memorials. Reflecting the history of the local area, the display will include items relating to the Lincolnshire Regiment, the Royal Navy at Immingham and the Grimsby Cenotaph.

Among the items on display will be a plan of the Cleethorpes Peace Memorial, documents connected with the Grimsby Shell Factory and items relating to the sinking of the liner “Lusitania”. There will also be a chance to see some rare images of the Ruhleben internment camp in Germany, where many trawlermen from Grimsby were held for the duration of the war.

Adrian Wilkinson, Archivist, Lincs Inspire said:

“This series of exhibitions will examine the impact of the First World War on the people of North East Lincolnshire. While some of the themes covered in the displays, such as the development of the Grimsby Shell Factory, may be familiar, others are less well known. For example, visitors will find information on the sisters from Keelby who lost their lives on the “Lusitania”, the air ace from Grimsby who flew a French-designed fighter aircraft and the Cleethorpes men who built shelters to protect their families from the Zeppelins.”

The exhibition will take place on:

  • 12th November, 9:30am to 4pm at Cleethorpes Library,
  • 15th November, 10am to 4pm at Immingham Hub (Old Library) and
  • 19th November, 10am to 4pm at Grimsby Town Hall