Learning from the Past exhibition update

The ongoing Covid crisis means that our final project exhibition at Lancaster City Museum has been postponed for now – but the good news is that, in partnership with the Museum, we will be launching a virtual version of the exhibition on this website on 25 February 2021!

The LFTP exhibition will bring together our project outputs, starting with the fascinating stories that emerged from our heritage research with adult volunteers. You will get a sense of the amazing range of activity that people undertook to promote peace and international understanding in the years after the First World War – from setting up Esperanto societies and peace organisations to the establishment of international youth and music groups to anti-colonialist activism.

The exhibition will also showcase the arts work that young people across Europe have created in response to these heritage stories. These responses take many different forms, including digital art, textile work and collage, photography, theatre, dance, film, painting and poetry. See the young people’s amazing work and learn more about how and why it was created and the themes that emerged as part of this project. You can also find out more about how this project has inspired communities across Europe to engage with ideas of peace and internationalism and read messages from people in the partner countries.

With the kind support of local museums, archives and other organisations, the exhibition will also feature a range of digitally displayed historical exhibits such as period posters, photographs and archive documents. In addition, there is a new ‘peace timeline,’ developed by Lancaster school students, that helps to demonstrate the vast array of peace and internationalist activity being undertaken across Europe at this time.

We are holding a special event on zoom to launch our exhibition at 18:30 GMT on 25 February. Book your place here!