Between 1914 and 1918 Britain and her allies were at war with Germany and the Central Powers.  This ‘total war’ was not only fought on the battlefields and seas, but in factories, hospitals and railway stations.

Carlisle’s men and boys signed up to the British Army and Navy whilst local women became munitions workers at the East Cumberland Shell factory or the HM Gretna site.  Buildings across Carlisle became makeshift war hospitals where nurses cared for wounded soldiers.

Some men returned to the city as heroes, wounded from battle and their lives changed forever.  Some would never return...

In 2016 Tullie House hosted Carlisle in the Great War, 1914-1918: Munitions, Mayhem and Mobilisation, a major exhibition exploring Carlisle's Great War experience. The exhibition was funded in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund and elements of the exhibition are presented here to continue to tell Carlisle's First World War history.

THe Youth Panel: Why did we go to war?

World War I was a monumental event which transformed the lives of so many, here in Carlisle, across the country and all round the world. But where did it all begin? Surely there must have been more to it than the assassination of the Duke whose name everyone seems to know! Tullie House's THe Youth...

Carlisle in the Great War City Trail

Explore Carlisle and the fascinating Great War stories of some of our most well known buldings and some of the city's hidden heritage sites.   Military Sites 1 - Carlisle Castle 2 - The Swifts 3 - Chatsworth Square 4 - Devonshire Street Recruiting Office 5 - Rest Room for Soldiers and Sailors 6 -...

Reflection: Honouring All Carlisle's Great War Heroes

Reflection is a new interactive digital memorial, created using public submissions of images and stories, alongside those the Tullie House collection - commemorating the heroism and efforts of Carlisle’s men, women and children during the Great War. Soldiers, sailors, doctors, nurses, railwaymen,...