Lantern making underway for Blitz installation

With our 2,241 Reasons To Remember installation fast approaching, lots of people have been working very hard to help us create hundreds of lanterns. The lanterns will form part of a bombed out terraced house, with lights and sounds from the Birmingham Blitz projected onto it, and each lantern will bear the name and age of every person who died in Birmingham during the bombing raids of WW2 – ensuring that everyone who lost their lives is remembered.

Today, children from Starbank Primary School in Bordesley Green were joined by staff from Birmingham Hippodrome, along with local artist Sophie Handy to  make  lanterns. They also took part in a blitz-themed drama workshop led by performance company Highly Sprung.  As it was Armistice Day, the children assembled on the school playground at 11am to observe a two minute silence, which was very poignant.

Also helping to make lanterns have been Birmingham Hippodrome’s Leading Ladies, who got crafty at an event on 10 Nov.

Here are some photos of the lanterns being made. See them in the 2,241 Reasons To Remember installation which can be seen opposite the Bullring Markets near St Martins Church from 19 – 22 Nov.

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