Education News

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Making the children’s poppy wreath

Robert and Carol Smith travelled across England, Wales, France, Belgium, Italy and Germany forging poppies with children at schools, clubs, museums and at various shows. This wonderful opportunity has enabled many children to be part of the Ypres 2016 project. The children’s poppies forged at these numerous sessions have been assembled into three wreaths, one of which was laid at the Menin Gate during the last post ceremony on September 5th; the other two will be placed at Langmark Poelkapple. The completed wreaths were constructed by Robert Smith, Luc Vandecasteele, Manicx Carlieri and Rik Verschoot.





Monday, October 12th, 2015

Nutbourne Forge, West Sussex, England

25 May 2015

British children forging poppies with blacksmith – Robert Smith.


Texturing the Poppy Petals


Centering the Petals and Fitting the Stem


Poppies completed.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Musée de plein air de Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, May 2015

Following on from the first poppies made at Swainswick Explorers, by British children, the event at Musée de plein air de Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, in May 2015 offered experienced French and Belgium blacksmiths, who will be working at the event in Ypres 2016, an opportunity to make poppies with French and Belgium children.