ONE day in history will be put under the microscope for a new project that seeks to shed light on the lives of Cumbrians during World War One.

Groups of volunteers in Kendal and other centres across the county have been busy researching what was happening on December 5 1914 in preparation for an exhibition and online project later this month.

The project - named One Day in Cumbria - is using old newspapers and archives to look into the local issues and events that were affecting people on that day.


Project co-ordinator Stuart Appley said the project was intended to give a different slant on life during the war.

“We are doing it to tie in with the World War One centenary and it is interesting to look at what people were doing at that time because it was relatively early and at that time lots of people thought it would be over by Christmas,” he said.

“It shows something that people don’t necessarily see as much, it gives that idea of what was happening on the home front and gives a nice comparison between life then and now.”

About 30 people have been working on the project in Kendal, Barrow, Penrith, Carlisle and Whitehaven since last month.

In Kendal the big news on the day was about a train colliding with a bench that had been blown onto the railway tracks, while in Barrow people were debating the rights and wrongs of continuing with the local football league in a time of national crisis.

The project, which is being run by the organisation Treasures of Cumbria and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will use the material it gathers to put on an exhibition at the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle from November 24 to December 14.

An online timeline charting the events on the day in Cumbria will be published on on December 4 and people will be invited to let the organisers know what they are up to on December 5 2014 via email and social media.

The timeline of what people were doing on December this year will then be used to compare the daily lives of people 100 years apart.

Mr Appley asked anybody who had any materials or information linked to December 5 1914 which they thought might help with the project to get in touch via