Exhibition 2006 -
|There were many
children's activities - here's a
soulful lass planting
nasturtium seeds for the
Garden of Remembrance
Below are pictures for colouring, with notes
Poppies are a symbol of death and
rebirth. They became the symbol of remembrance for the
Great War when they were found growing on the
battlefields of the Western Front. Canadian doctor John
McCrae, who himself died there, immortalised them in his
"In Flanders fields the
Between the crosses row on row."
Biscuits and Jam
Biscuits and jam are in
reminiscences from both wars. In the Great War a sapper
stated that on Christmas Day the ration was two
biscuits, a tin of bully to four, and a tin of jam to
seventeen men. Young private Jack Banks, in the Second
World War, remarks that he became sick of biscuits and
jam, having eaten them for more than six weeks. In both
wars the Women's Institute pickled and bottled to
preserve home-grown produce, fighting back against enemy
blockades of food.
Jam is mentioned in the title song
of "Oh What a Lovely War"
"Oh, oh, oh
what a lovely war,
what do we want with eggs and ham
when we've got plum and apple jam?"
The White Cliffs of Dover
This refers to the well-known song of the Second
World War, sung by many but normally associated with
Vera Lynn. The White Cliffs were a symbol of home and
also of the was as they were deeply entwined with images
of Hellfire Corner and the stalwart British. The song
invokes the time when peace will return.
"They'll be blue birds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see."
The pictures were created especially for the exhibition
by Bruce. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of
Art, and is currently working as a visual merchandiser
and illustrator of children's stories. .
And of course a word search.
Some children enjoyed searching for the answers to these
questions about our casualties - maybe you will too!
who was in the RAF?
who won the Victoria Cross?
on which ship did Allan sail?
who else was on the ship?
who was a famous football player?
who was a school teacher?
who had seven sons and seven daughters?
The answers can be found on the information panels for each