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14-18 NOW presented the iconic poppy sculptures Poppies: Wave and Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at selected locations around the UK.

The Learning and Engagement programme supported schools and teachers through bespoke resources, tailored Teacher CPD and digital media workshops that developed creative skills in response to the artworks and fostered a deeper understanding of the First World War through the enduring symbol of the poppy.

Take a look at some of the films below, made by young people as part of their creative response workshops. Please note, this is entirely participant-led content capturing the opinions, reflections and voices of young visitors.

Y Senedd, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff

“It’s not just using the technology, it’s the journey of storytelling and the power of speech and language used to deliver their opinions that the children will take away.”

CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial

“I was impressed to see how quickly the children became engaged – they leave the session with new skills, knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm. It’s given me an appreciation of how digital media can help to explore different topics including the First World War”

Ulster Museum, Belfast

“It was a unique experience for pupils to have the chance to use kit that they would not otherwise have access to, and learn from professionals. It built confidence and you could see a change in the children from the time that they walked in, to the time that they left the workshops”.

The Silk Mill, Derby

“The workshops were a great way to develop relationships with organisations across the city and provide hands-on, creative opportunities for pupils to learn about their local history.”

Barge Pier, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea

“It was great for our younger students to learn about the Poppies: Wave through the use of digital media. The hands on approach gave them a tool to question and promote understanding about their local history and themes surrounding the First World War. It helps to establish links for when they re-visit these topics back in the classroom”.

Hull Maritime Museum

“The digital workshops were excellent; engaging local children with the significance of the Poppies sculpture and developing their understanding about its representation of the First World War both nationally and locally”.

Caernarfon Castle

“It’s been really useful for the students to have this opportunity to come out of school and take part in these practical workshops. This experience is so valuable for their own studies.”

The Black Watch Museum, Perth

“The workshops were a brilliant way for local schools to engage with the meaning of the poppies, the First World War and their local history.”

Lincoln Castle

“Filmmaking is a fantastic way of engaging young people in learning, especially around a challenging subject like the First World War, it is something we will definitely be doing again.”


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Learning Resources

Cross-curricular toolkits were developed to support both the Poppies Tour and 14-18 NOW commissions.