5,000 Poppies

A Community Tribute of Respect and Remembrance.

November 6 – December 21

Following the overwhelming response to the 5,000 Poppies project which ultimately saw over 20,000 knitted, crocheted and felt poppies crafted by local people displayed at the Museum in the autumn of 2017, the project team and the community has created an even bigger display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice.

The exhibition, co-ordinated by Medway Fun Palaces and Nucleus Arts runs from 6 November until 21 December.

For further details including  a full list of partners, click here.

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.

Additional poppies can be added to the installation during the run of the exhibition – if you’re inspired to knit and contribute, here’s a simple pattern.



  • 3.75 needles to achieve a nice tight finish
  • Quantity of red yarn
  • Button for centre


  • Cast on 70 stitches
  • Knit 8 rows garter stitch
  • Row 9-11 knit 2 tog across row


  • Cut the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches
  • Sew the edges together to form a round
  • Sew a button into the centre (or if you feel like being creative – go right ahead!)

Drop your poppies of at the Museum.