This section of the museum refers to the idea of Remembrance – that is remembering those who have died in wars throughout history. The idea of remembrance grew out of the First World War as something had to be done to remember the millions of soldiers who had died.
The exhibits in this area are asking the question of whether or not remembrance is enough? Is it enough to remember those who died or could we do more? How can we help prevent so many soldiers dying in the future?
The red poppy is the most famous symbol of remembrance. It symbolises the fact that poppies were the first wild flowers to grow on the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France after the war ended. It was the mention of this in the 1915 poem by a Canadian doctor, John Mcrae, which led to the poppy being used as a symbol of remembrance:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
The white poppy is worn by some as a symbol of remembrance and peace. It is produced by the Peace Pledge Union. You can find more information here: http://www.ppu.org.uk/whitepoppy/index.html
In addition to the white poppy, a purple poppy has been issued by the charity Animal Aid to commemorate all the animals that have died in war. You can find out more about the purple poppy here: http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/pr_other/ALL/1689//