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Memorials in and around Coalville

During summer 2018, local heritage groups, young people and volunteers worked with heritage experts to document the history of Coalville’s Memorial Clock Tower and other war memorials in the local area.

These Names are Lamps of Sacrifice exhibition (12 September to 14 November 2018) toured the district in autumn 2018 describing the history of Coalville’s Memorial Clock Tower, which was created after the First World War (WWI) to commemorate the town’s servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice for King and country.

The exhibition, which was commissioned by North West Leicestershire District Council to coincide with the centenary of the end of WWI, provided insights into how the Clock Tower was funded, who built it and the unveiling ceremony. It also gave a snapshot of the many other war memorials and war graves in Coalville and surrounding villages which to commemorate those who fell in the ‘Great War’.

BROCHURE – These Names are Lamps of Sacrifice

Your memories of Coalville

During the summer of 2018 people from Coalville shared their memories of growing up, living and working in the town at recording sessions at Hermitage FM.

These memories – also known as ‘oral histories’ have been submitted to Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office to provide a permanent record for researchers and members of the public to listen to and learn from.

Hear the recorded memories of Memorial Square

Alan Dowell, 78,

Alisa Brechin, 61

Carole Wortley, 73

Peggy Leawood, 85 and Lena Parry

Thank you to our supporters and funders

The project would not have been possible without the support of the Coalville Heritage Society, Friends of Thringstone, Swannington Heritage Trust and many others.

The exhibition was part of the wider Memorial Clock Tower project, supported with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and War Memorials Trust, which has seen essential conservation works to the Clock Tower to ensure it will remain a key feature of the urban landscape for many years to come.