Remembrance Poppies: Craft Workshop

Coming to The Atkinson this month will be hosting a new exhibition of work by artist Suhail Shaikh. Central to this is a handmade paper Lancaster Bomber, and we need your help to create it!

The Lancaster Bomber was a British heavy bomber aircraft used by the Royal Air Force during World War II. It was the most successful RAF heavy bomber of the war, and played a vital role in the Allied victory.

Suhail’s paper Lancaster Bomber will be positioned in the galleries so that it looks as if it has hundreds of poppies falling out of it. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in war. It is also a symbol of hope and resilience.

This exhibition is a way to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by those who served in the RAF, and to remember the fallen. It is also a way to celebrate the hope and resilience of the human spirit.

The Atkinson will be running craft sessions to make the paper poppies for this exhibition. If you want to dedicate a poppy to a service person who has sadly died then you are welcome to.

Free event
All materials will be provided.
Drop-in any time between 12pm-3pm.
First come first served. You may be expected to wait until a space at a craft table becomes available.
Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult.

You can also get involved by donating copies of your ephemera 
We are asking for copies of photographs, logbook entries, letters etc to be passed on to us which will then become part of the finished work. If you have any material that you would like to submit or have any further questions, please email
Submission deadline 12 November 2023

Suhail Shaikh: Paper My Wishes

25 November 2023 – Saturday 24 February 2024
Mon-Sat. 10am-4pm. Free entry. (Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays)

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