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’.
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 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.