Over the past months, local heritage groups, young people and volunteers have been working 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 (12 September to 14 November) is a touring exhibition 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, provides insights into how the Clock Tower was funded, who built it and the unveiling ceremony. It also gives 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’.
See the exhibition
This touring exhibition will visit venues in and around Coalville from Wednesday 12 September to Wednesday 14 November.
Hear memories of the clock tower, see historic images and and read about how Coalville and its locality commemorated their soldiers.
- 12 – 13 September – Christ Church Hall, London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JA
- 14 -16 September – Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LF
- 18 September (10am -1pm) – Marlborough Church, Marlborough Square, Coalville, LE67 3WD
- 18 – 26 September – Coalville Library, London Rd, Coalville, LE67 3EA
- 28 -30 September – Hough Windmill, St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8QU
- 6 – 9 October – Marlborough Square Methodist Church, Coalville LE67 3WD
- 10 – 17 October – North West Leicestershire District Council offices, Whitwick Rd, Coalville LE67 3FJ
- 19 – 22 October – The Palace Community Centre, High St, Ibstock, LE67 6LH
- 24 -25 October – Whitwick Park Hall, Off North Street, Whitwick, LE67 5HB
- 26- 28 October – St John the Baptist Church, 12 Grange Rd, Hugglescote, Coalville, LE67 2BQ
- 29 – 30 October – Hugglescote Community Centre, Grange Road, Hugglescote, Coalville, LE67 2BQ
- 1 – 9 November – Century Theatre, Ashby Rd, Coalville LE67 3LN
- 10 – 14 November – Charles Booth Centre, The Green, Thringstone, Coalville LE67 8NR
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.
Alan Dowell, 78,
Alisa Brechin, 61
Carole Wortley, 73
Peggy Leawood, 85 and Lena Parry
- Peggy remembers buying her father playing the Last Post at a Memorial service in 1937 and reminisces about buying fabric at the ‘old’ market and ‘glass nylons’ at the new market.
Thank you to our supporters and funders
The exhibition is 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.