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Collateral Damage

 

"Collateral Damage" is a project to honour the victims of wars during and since World War One.  

Sadly, war has continued somewhere in the world since then, and these days over 90% of the victims are civilians; these are often called “collateral damage” by the military. 

It is an independent project, so is not run directly by the Peace Pledge Union. However, it is supported by the Peace Pledge Union and many other groups. It complements the PPU's distribution of thousands of white poppies in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday every year. 

The project involves making unique textile white poppies, each honouring a particular victim or victims of war. These will be installed in a large display in Friends House from 1 November, and some have already been on display around the country. Details of events and photos are available on Facebook @whitepoppies2018

 

Join the project

We invite you to make one or more poppies to honour a particular victim that you know of, whether or not you know their name. Your poppy could be sewn, knitted, crocheted, or felted. It need not be pure white, and could be plain or highly decorated, with or without a leaf. You could embroider the victim’s name or a symbol on the poppy or attach a tag to it with their name or story. You can download the leaflet here to help you make your own!

You might then wear your poppy yourself (stitching a brooch pin to the back), give it to somebody else, join with others to make a wreath to honour a particular group of war victims or to join a local WW1 commemoration in November. 

Alternatively you could send your poppies in to join a central installation. These should be sent (by 15 October 2018) to: Collateral Damage White Poppies, c/o QPSW, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Perhaps your craft group, community centre, religious community or peace group would like to get together to make poppies and sell them in aid of Peace Pledge Union, or another organisation that promotes peace and supports the victims of war and militarisation? 

Please tell us your plans and post photos of your poppies, along with your stories.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at collateraldamage2018@gmail.com

Exhibitions

The a small display of poppies has now been set up near the Quaker Centre at Friends House, opposite Euston Station in London. You can add your own poppies and labels to that yourself or send them in by 15 October for inclusion in a larger installation that will spread along the corridors there, from 1 November 2018 until 21 December

Meanwhile, a number of smaller exhibitions of poppies have been popping up in venues around the country. Many of them will then join the national exhibition in the autumn.

A travelling art exhibition, which includes selected artworks from Art the Arms Fair, as well as a poppy display, has also been shown in a number of venues. 

History

Collateral Damage project started out in 2017 focusing on victims of the arms trade and was first exhibited at Art the Arms Fair in September 2017. British taxpayers subsidise arms exports through our taxes, including sales to regimes that have poor records on human rights, and which are actively engaged in warfare. For more information see https://www.caat.org.uk

Supporters

As well as individual poppy makers, these are a few of the groups that we know of who are supporting the Collateral Damage project in different ways:

If your organisation is supporting the project and would like to be listed here, please contact collateraldamage2018@gmail.com