Time to take over the Tower of London

Time to take over the Tower of London

Takeover Day

Everything on this page was created by the students from Pakeman Primary School and Grey Coat Hospital School as part of Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2014.

 

The Kids in Museums Takeover Day meant we could get behind the scenes and learn more about the Tower Poppies project.

We interviewed some volunteers and key people who helped it flourish.

When we arrived we were curious and did not know what to expect, but then it became clear we had a massive journey ahead of us. Students from Pakeman Primary School and Grey Coat Hospital School worked together to create a news report. We took on the role of journalists for the day so we learnt about what the job involves and how to interview people.

No one actually thought the poppies project would be as big as it was, but it just grew and grew. We made a video about the project during the de-installation and found out some more about First World War remembrance.

There was a lot to fit into one day and it was quite a challenge, but we just got on with it. We interviewed some volunteers over lunch. One man told us that he thought he should put himself forward to help because the soldiers 100 years ago put themselves forward and gave up their lives for our freedom.

It was great to talk to them because they all had different stories to tell and the conversation just flowed. It was like a generation on each table because there was a child, a teenager and an older person.

It is hard to comprehend that each poppy is a life, but knowing that makes it more human. We decided to write a poem.

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