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First World War exhibition at N E Lincs Fishing Heritage Centre

The impact the First World War had on the people of Grimsby and the surrounding areas is highlighted in a new exhibition at the town’s Fishing Heritage Centre titled Eleven, Eleven, Eleven

The exhibition pays particular attention to the contribution made by local trawlermen who undertook the dangerous task of minesweeping the coast during the War.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday, November 11, and runs until Sunday, January 4. It is free to view.

Councillor Burnett, portfolio holder for culture and tourism, said: “This exhibition pays tribute to a group of men whose important work during the First World War is often overlooked. These men crewed the trawlers during the war and I’m delighted that we are able to pay particular attention to the important role they played.

“Altogether a total of about 14,000 men went to war from Grimsby and the local area. Opening to the public on Remembrance Day, Eleven, Eleven, Eleven also draws attention to the local businesses who contributed to the war effort by supplying articles for hospitals, shells and even jam to the British army!

“Using items, documents and material from our museum collection, it’s a moving and thought provoking exhibition.”

Eleven, Eleven, Eleven is the fifteenth and last in the ‘Unlocking the Collection’ series of Heritage Lottery funded exhibitions. A £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled North East Lincolnshire Council’s museum collection to be showcased in a series of themed exhibitions at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre over a period of four years. All have been accompanied by activities and workshops to uncover the history behind the items on show.

Eleven, Eleven, Eleven will be accompanied by a full programme of linked events including a guided tour of the exhibition, talks and family activities. For further information call Rachel McWilliam on (01472) 323004 or email rachel.mcwilliam@nelincs.gov.uk