Come and see the 5,000 Poppies exhibition – a colourful community tribute of respect and remembrance. The display which features knitted, crocheted and felt poppies crafted by local people, has captured the imagination of the local community to such an extent that, in all, over 20,000 flowers made by more than 1,000 contributors are on show.
5,000 Poppies began in 2013 as a small personal tribute by two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, to honour their fathers who both fought in World War II and has become an international phenomenon, remembering those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities.
The exhibition has been co-ordinated by Medway Fun Palaces and Nucleus Arts and has attracted participants from across the community.
The poppies are hanging from the grand staircase in the museum foyer, adorning the main entrance gates and carpeting the Ravelin display outside the main doors. The vast majority of the hand-crafted flowers are the distinctive red colour of the poppies that grew in Flanders’ fields in the First World War but the display also includes a number of white poppies symbolising peace and lilac coloured flowers remembering animals that have been killed in conflicts.
The exhibition is free of charge as it does not require entry to the Museum. It runs until 22 December and can been seen during the Royal Engineers Museum’s usual opening times of 10 – 5 on Tuesdays to Sundays.