The Purple Poppy by Jude (Aged 8)
We love working in partnership with children and young people from home and abroad and never tire of talking to them when they visit. Our Museum is not about answers its about inspiration, engagement, challenge and ‘big questions’. Our young visitors usually have questions they want to discuss and are often inspired by artefacts that they see in the Museum, to pose more questions and to go away to find out more. At the recent Routes to Peace pre-launch, one of our younger guests was very interested in the poppies, red, white, green and purple, which feature on the banner on the left of this page. We talked about what the colours could mean and the question was posed ‘Why a purple poppy?’ The challenge was on, off our visitor went to do his research. What follows are a result of this. In his own words Jude explains below why purple poppies are important and he also challenges readers with yet another question….can you find the answer?
Have you ever heard of a poppy for an animal? Well, I’ll tell you about them… OK, so this is a sad story I am telling you first. Once in 1946, 4000 animals were forced onto a boat and an atomic bomb was dropped on them and they all died or were badly burnt. The second thing is ever wondered who invented the purple poppies? Don’t worry I’ll tell you…Animal Aid invented them. The third thing is why do purple poppies exist? To remember the poor animals that died and still die, in the wars and in military experiments. This is my question to ask you. Why are purple poppies purple? Who knows? Goodbye!
Jude (age 8 and a fan of the Peace Museum)