28th October 2019
The Wheels on Bud Go Round and Round!
Oh yes they do! And all the way from the Borders to Stornoway!
We thought we’d just give you a quick update on where our wonderful Bud Truck and it’s team have been travelling to over the last five months. Bud has been blazing a grand trail all over Scotland and along the way inspiring hundreds of school pupils to find out more about the Poppy Story and the history of Poppyscotland as they take their own unique journey through our beautifully curated mobile museum.
For the last six months, schools and youth groups from every local authority in Scotland have gone onto our PoppyBud website www.poppybud.org.uk to book ‘Book Bud’ for their school and discover with their pupils the history of the Poppy and veterans stories. They can also take a virtual reality trip to Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, clock in for their shift and make their own paper poppy. It has been a great experience for pupils, teachers and everybody, especially those who may be at the start of learning about the history of Remembrance: but that’s the story we are here to tell, hence our truck’s proud name ‘Bud’!
The Bud Truck has been up and down dales, on and off ferries, over bridges, across towns and big cities, and at every stop meeting some great school pupils and community groups. Bud has been to the Borders, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Perth, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Highlands, the Isle of Lewis, Falkirk and is somewhere new again day!
Just in case you didn’t know it, ‘Bud’, is our brand new 18-tonne truck which transforms into an interactive learning space and will travel to schools and events across the country in the coming years. Sharing our Poppyscotland archive, veteran’s stories and the poppy’s history, Bud acts as a catalyst for challenging assumptions and creating conversations. Bud doesn’t just visit schools but also community groups like the Cubs, Guides, Scouts and Brownies and has visited several big events this year such as the Royal Highland Show, ScoutFest, The World Pipe Band Championchips, Poppyscotland’s Sportive and many more. Accessible and free, visitors can explore their personal remembrance journey, helping us keep remembrance relevant all year round.
Speaking at the launch of Bud on 29th April 2019, Poppyscotland Chief Executive Mark Bibbey said: “At the heart of every poppy is a person’s unique emotions, opinions and stories, and that’s why we created Bud. This is not about forcing a particular view on visitors; quite the opposite in fact.
“Through contemporary conversations about the poppy and our heritage, we hope to better understand the significance of remembrance to shape a hopeful future for all. We aim to challenge assumptions and create conversations, and, ultimately, engage a more diverse audience.”
Bud was made possible thanks to a £731,200 of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a £730,000 award by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.