13 November 2017

Thousands of handmade poppies feature in Wiltshire College displays to mark Remembrance Day

Poignant tributes featuring thousands of handmade poppies were installed at each of Wiltshire College’s four main campuses to mark Remembrance Day.
 
The emotive displays took pride of place in the reception areas in Salisbury, Lackham, Trowbridge and Chippenham and were the idea of Jane Davison, Head of the Learning Resources Centres.
 
She said: “I thought that it would be lovely to put displays together after hearing that Salisbury Guildhall was doing something similar for Remembrance Day.
 
“I talked about it with my colleagues who were all keen to get involved and it’s been so wonderful to see staff and students come together to help make as many poppies as possible.
 
“I am also really proud of the LRC staff who took on this project as they all have completely different displays which are wonderful and poignant in their own way.
 
“The Learning Resources Centres aren’t only about books and resources, having projects such as this gets students involved and is an opportunity for us to engage with them and in this instance talk about why we mark Remembrance Day.”
 
Salisbury’s poppy display featured more than 1,000 poppies, a replica cenotaph, mannequin soldiers and rifles made by carpentry students.
 
Library and Learning Resources Assistant Susan Stennett said: “We held weekly sessions for staff and students in Salisbury to come along and help make poppies and were really pleased at the number who got involved.
 
“It was a fantastic way of breaking down barriers between different groups of students, who may not have previously met because they are on different courses or timetables and this was a sociable and creative activity.
 
“Personally, I have had the chance to work with different students also and that has been lovely.”
 
In Lackham, the poppy display featured items loaned from Uniformed Public Services including a cam net and stretcher.
 
It also had a pair of binoculars belonging to ICT Customer Services Team Leader Chris Holt’s grandfather who was injured in World War 1.
 
Gill Day and Joanne Derrick, both Library and Learning Resources Assistants, coordinated the Lackham display.
 
Gill said: “It’s been a fantastic project with staff and students coming together.
 
“I found it interesting making and finding old things and made barbed wire using string, paste and glue.
 
“I also brought in binoculars belonging to my partner Chris Holt’s grandfather Lieutenant Colonel H B Holt OBE MC, from the Royal Munster Rifles, who was injured in France.
 
“The theme really engaged students wanting to learn more about Remembrance Day and we have lots of positive feedback about our display.
 
In Trowbridge, the poppy display also included a Remembrance poem and at the Chippenham campus, Art & Design students helped by making poppies which were attached to a cam net and hung over the first floor, having a real impact for visitors.
 
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