An important period in the history of Carlisle's pub scene will be showcased during a new exhibition.

The State Management scheme was brought in during World War One to help tackle an out-of-control drinking scene, largely involving workers at the huge munitions factory built just over the border at Gretna.

To commemorate the scheme's 100th anniversary the Carlisle City Centre Business Group have put together a project and received cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It's put together a series of exhibitions and events and its latest one has just opened in the the St Nicholas Arms, London Road.

Viv Dodd, the business group's secretary, said: “We are telling a different part of the State Management story in each of the pubs where we’re having exhibitions. They all have a unique story to tell.

"The background to the St Nic is completely different from the other state managed pubs in that in 1916 at the start of the 'great experiment' it was a private house, the St Nicholas View.

"Several pubs had been closed in the area and the control board realised that there was a lot of overcrowding in the remaining pubs by the early 1920’s.

"The proposal to open another pub, however, led to an outcry from local residents and a petition signed by 900 people protesting against the house being licensed."

The exhibition, which will be run permanently, includes copies of the original plans for the conversion work, rules and regulations, agreements, cartoons and more.