Poppy Project

Norfolk Libraries have been receiving some fantastic donations from groups and individuals around the county, who have been busy making poppies for our 2018 commemoration project. So far we have origami, crocheted, knitted, card, wool, fabric and even pom-pom poppies. We have a year to reach our goal of 15,500, and there is still a long way to go – we need your help!

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If you need some inspiration to get you started, we’ve listed some of our favourite crafty library books below with links of where to find them…

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Remember your local library will have a crafting book section (Dewey class 745-746), and will always be able to reserve books for you to collect – just ask!

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Images from the Archives

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Saxthorpe and Corpusty, a First World War group from James Vout’s personal album. This image forms part of Norfolk Record Office holdings, it comes from the following archive: First World War: photographs belonging to James Vout, reference MS 21630/112. This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Poppy Project Update

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We’ve just received this mega donation of knitted and crocheted poppies from West Norfolk Libraries – there are 1,194 poppies in this bag! Staff and customers at King’s Lynn and Dersingham Libraries created each of these unique flowers, and donated them our Poppy Project for display during the Armistice centenary commemorations next year.

You don’t have to be a knitter to take part – people have created poppies out of cardboard, crepe paper tissue, and felt, and even coloured some in. You can use your favourite crafting techniques or try something new. Be creative!

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There is still a long way to go until we reach our poppy target – find out more about the project here and get in touch if you’d like to get involved!

Images from the Archives – First World War Loan investment poster

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This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

Poppy Project

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To mark the centenary of the Armistice in 2018 we are asking local people to create poppies, one for each of the Norfolk men who lost their lives in the First World War. The 15,500 poppies will be displayed in libraries around the county.

As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, there’s nothing we like better than a good crafting session. Have a go yourself, with friends, or get your local Knit and Knatter/WI group/Brownie Pack involved. Poppies can be made from any material you like – these beautiful flowers were made by some creative visitors to Heritage Sunday this weekend.

Find out how to get involved in the project here, and get in touch if you would like to contribute. We look forward to seeing your creativity in action!

Images from the Archives – Boulton & Paul munition workers’ canteen menu 1916

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This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).