Blog: News

Clear road ahead for ‘Moving Poppy’ thanks to National Lottery Funding

26th March 2018

Funding announced to create unique mobile poppy truck in WW1 centenary year Inspired by Lt-Col John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, the poppy is the nation’s symbol of remembrance, compassion, and a shared desire for a peaceful future. Today (Monday 26 March, 2018), The National Lottery has awarded Poppyscotland a grant of £731,200 to take […]

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National Poetry Day

27th September 2017

To mark National Poetry Day on 28 September 2017 we would like to draw your attention to the poem that saw the poppy established as an international symbol of remembrance. Canadian medical officer John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields originally published in Punch magazine on 8 December 1915, was the inspiration for the poppy, the flower […]

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Moving Poppy survey

18th September 2017

Poppyscotland is developing the Moving Poppy: a free-to-access and accessible-to-all mobile community unit, comprising a mini poppy factory, micro-museum and heritage learning facility. The Moving Poppy will visit schools and community events the length and breadth of Scotland to share the heritage of Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory and explore what the poppy and remembrance mean […]

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The forgotten role of valiant Indian troops in the First World War – The Battle of Neuve Chapelle ends on this day in 1915

13th March 2017

On this day in 1915, British and Indian forces ended their three-day assault on the German trenches near the village of Neuve Chapelle in northern France, the first offensive launched by the British in the spring of 1915. Some eight hundred thousand Indian troops fought in the First World War, and not just on the Western […]

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International Woman’s Day Special – The Women Behind The Poppy

8th March 2017

As early as 1918, the year the First World War ended, poppies became popular as an icon of public Remembrance due to the work of Anna Guerin of France and Moina Michael of the USA. They took Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields” and devised a practical way of raising vital funds for wartime […]

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The Winning Letters from the ‘Letters Home’ Competition 2016

2nd March 2017

On 1st March 2017 we announced the Winners and Runners Up of our ‘Letters Home’ Competition 2016. Our two very proud and deserving winners were Rowan Harbottle, a P5 pupil from Portpatrick Primary School (Primary category) and Finlay Waddell, a S3 pupil from Aberdeen Grammar School. Finlay proudly holding his official Poppyscotland Winners Certificate. Photo Credit: Jim […]

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Winners & Runners Up Announced in our ‘Letters Home’ Competition 2016

1st March 2017

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN POPPYSCOTLAND’S ‘LETTERS HOME’ COMPETITION The names of winners of Poppyscotland’s national schools competition have been unveiled from an entry list of more than 1,000 schoolchildren. Our Letters Home Competition 2016 was an opportunity for school-age children to reflect on what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. They were […]

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Letters Home Competition: Winners & Runners Up to be announced tomorrow!

28th February 2017

The two winners and six runners up of our ‘Letters Home’ Competition will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday 1st March on our Poppyscotland Learning website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Make sure to check out our news page tomorrow to see the results! Background Every year Poppyscotland provides schools throughout Scotland with a wealth of resources to […]

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Riverside Primary ‘This Morning’ style TV programme whole school remembrance assembly

9th January 2017

Based in our Poppyscotland Glasgow office we the Poppyscotland Learning Team do not always hear about all of the amazing Poppyscotland fundraising events and activities that schools’ organise and deliver so skillfully and successfully during the annual Poppy Appeal and in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday. While I’m mentioning it I would just like to say that we would absolutely love to hear from more schools about […]

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Epic Crawick Multiverse Poppy Tribute – with video

15th December 2016

We were extremely proud to learn about the hundreds of school children who created a poppy display at Crawick Multiverse in Dumfries and Galloway ahead of Remembrance Day. The poppies were arranged at Crawick Multiverse with assistance from an artist, and pupils from Sanquhar and Kelloholm Primaries, Closeburn House School and Sanquhar Academy. The pupils made about 400 […]

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