Posted on Monday 10th September 2018
Poppy example by J Collier
To commemorate the end of the Great War, Staffordshire Libraries are inviting library visitors & the wider community to create a poppy that will form part of a public display adjacent to Stafford Library in Staffordshire Place One, Stafford from 9 November - 14 December.
Each poppy will be handmade from archive material, photos, copies of letters and people's own memories to commemorate the soldiers that fought and died during WWI and the women whose domestic, everyday lives contributed to fighting the war on the home-front.
The final display will also include ‘Trailblazers’ - a display of poppies created with local artist Jennifer Collier who will be running intergenerational community group workshops in libraries, inspired by the incredible lives of women from the Great War era, to the present day. The workshops are funded by the Big Ideas Fund.
To take part, look out for poppy making templates in your local library during the Staffordshire History Festival!
To make your own poppy, please download the template below & follow the instructions;
Poppy Template (472kb)
To be included in the display, your poppy can be made of any of the suggested materials, but must fit the size and shape of the template.
Your poppy must be complete and handed in to your local library by 25th October.
There will be a special launch event to celebrate the display on Friday 9th November at 4pm.
The display will be open in Staffordshire Place One foyer Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm 9 November - 14 December
Trailblazers: World War One’s Inspirational Women is led by Big Ideas and funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), with additional funding from a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund to work in the Home Nations. Trailblazers is part of Remember Together, which brings diverse communities together to commemorate shared – and often side lined – heritage, bringing significant marginalised heritage into the mainstream.