Schools get involved in our Birmingham Blitz project to commemorate all those civilians who died in World War Two

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz, we present a major light and sound installation which will carry the names of the 2,241 adults and children who died in the devastating bombing in the city during World War Two.

2,241 Reasons to Remember will bring together archive images from the Library of Birmingham, oral history from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as well as hundreds of lanterns in the form of bricks made by members of the public who recently attended free workshops at the theatre.

Liz Leck, Creative Learning Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome said “The lanterns are one of the main features of the installation and will have the names of all those who lost their lives written on them. The lanterns will light up as dusk falls offering visitors a beautiful memorial.”

Liz added “We have made 400 lanterns so far thanks to members of the public who have already contributed.  Ideally we would like to reach the total figure of 2,241 so we are delighted that hundreds of school children across the city have embraced the project and are helping us to reach our goal.”

Starbank Primary School in Bordesley Green, one of the many schools involved, will be holding special workshops on Remembrance Day which commemorates all who have died in all wars. At exactly 11am on Wed 11 Nov the pupils will be working with professional visual artist Sophie Handy to make the lanterns as well as attend a drama workshop led by Highly Sprung Theatre Company on the theme of the Birmingham Blitz.

2,241 Reasons to Remember, by award-winning arts organisation Metro-Boulot-Dodo, will feature the hand-made lanterns forming the bricks of a bombed terraced house with projections of the devastation and audio from people who experienced it all those years ago.

Please come and join us  from Thu 19 – Sun 22 Nov on the corner of Edgbaston Street/High Street opposite Bullring markets to remember all civilians who lost their lives during WW2.

2,241 Reasons to Remember is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Southside BID, Birmingham City Council and The Limoges Trust.

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