Imperial War Museum offers public chance to honour Remembrance Day with poppy field

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 October 2012
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A photo of paper poppies
A poppy field made from red paper and replica buttons will take over a central space at IWM London as part of Remembrance Day© IWM
The Imperial War Museum is calling on visitors to hand-craft an indoor poppy field using military uniform buttons replicating the debris found in the “iron harvests” of World War I battlefields.

People of all ages will be asked to help add to the field, inspired by the original buttons, which will be on display nearby. Metal remnants are still found in fields where the conflict took place across Europe, and the project will be manned by “facilitators”, who will explain the history of the poppy as a symbol.

The space for the field has been created by the temporary disappearance of many of the museum’s iconic objects, which have been moved upstairs for conservation while the major new First World War galleries are being formed there.

Red paper and other materials will be provided by the venue. The exhibit will help honour Remembrance Day during the weekend of November 10 and 11.

  • Runs October 27 – November 4 and November 10-11, 11am-5pm.
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