D-Day Museum poppy project calls on keen knitters

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A ceramic poppy in focus at the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation
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KEEN knitters are being called on to take part in a poppy project.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has joined forces with the Royal Navy Submarine Museum for a community initiative to remember those who died in the First World War.

The museums are inviting people from Portsmouth and Gosport, where the museums are based, to knit poppies in four workshops. Once made, the poppies will form part of a bigger art piece with four ship or submarine crests to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Katrina Henderson, learning and outreach officer at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, said: ‘The whole idea for the knitted and crocheted poppies started with the two knitted projects the museums did last year.

‘At the National Museum of the Royal Navy, we got the community together to make the Southsea Seaside Yarnscape in which people knitted fish. In the end we got nearly 2,000 sent to us so it was a great community effort.

‘Then, at the Submarine Museum, we did the scarf for HMS Alliance and that too was a big success. The feedback we got from both projects is that they wanted the chance to do something like this again. So the two museums decided to work together and set up the poppy project.’

Throughout September and October, workshops will be held at the museums for people to go along and make the poppies.

There will be the opportunity to handle some genuine artefacts that are not on display, talk to museum experts and share stories.

Katrina added: ‘At the workshops there will be patterns for people to follow to make the poppies and we also hope to make four crests from ships and submarines that were lost during the war.

‘The workshops are for people of any knitting ability and we want to make as many poppies as possible.’

The first workshop is on September 22, from 1.30pm until 4pm, at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. The second is on September 20 at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, on Haslar Road, in Gosport. It is from 1.30pm until 4pm.

To guarantee your place at the workshop, call Katrina on (023) 9251 0354.