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Acclaimed Production of ‘Far Far From Ypres’ will tour Scotland this summer

22nd May 2018

ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION FEATURING BARBARA DICKSON WILL TOUR SCOTLAND TO COMMEMORATE 100 YEARS SINCE WW1 Far, Far From Ypres forms part of Scotland’s Armistice centenary programme 16 May 2018 A critically acclaimed multimedia production featuring renowned Scots performers including Barbara Dickson and Siobhan Miller is to embark on a commemorative tour of Scotland to mark the […]

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Staffin Primary School WINS Poppyscotland’s Poppy Places and Spaces Competition!

22nd May 2018

A school on the Isle of Skye has beaten off competition from scores of other schools across the country to win a prestigious learning competition organised by leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland. Primary 4-7 pupils at Bun-sgoil Stafainn (Staffin Primary School) will now receive up to £1,000 to bring their vision to life after their […]

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Poppy Exhibition at the NMS

27th April 2018

If you haven’t heard about it there is a fantastic new exhibition entitled ‘The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance’ now on at the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle. The exhibition marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and tells the story of the origins of the poppy accumulating in its universal status as the symbol of […]

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Public Vote now OPEN for our Poppy Places and Spaces Competition!

24th April 2018

Our ever-popular Poppyscotland Learning Competition, which called on Scotland’s schools to explore the power of design as part of Remembrance and reflection, is now open to the public to decide the overall winner from a shortlist of six school entries via an online vote. Image above: ‘Snow Globe’ Shortlisted Design by Douglas Ewart High School, […]

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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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