CUMBRIANS are being encouraged to volunteer for a project looking at life in the early days of the First World War.

To mark the centenary of the start of the war, A Day in 1914 has been set up to enable people to research the daily and working lives of those living in the county at the time.

Project co-ordinator, Mary Ferguson, said “We’re thrilled to have support from the Heritage Lottery Fund on this project and can’t wait to start uncovering stories of life in Cumbria in 1914. We’re starting to look for volunteers immediately, so get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved.”

MORE TOP STORIES: The project is being run by the Tullie House Museum with Heritage Lottery funding.

Volunteers will work with the Dock Museum, Haig Pit Mining Museum, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, and Cumbria County Council archives’ and libraries’ to research photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and keepsakes to build a picture of what life was really like.

They will be asked to re-tell stories and paint a picture of a typical day in the life of a Cumbrian.

The information gathered will be digitally recorded.

* You can download an application form from