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Collateral Damage: A project for Remembrance 2018

Knitted white poppies

"Collateral Damage" is a project to honour the victims of wars during and since World War One.

It is an independent project, supported by the Peace Pledge Union and other groups. It complements the PPU's distribution of thousands of white poppies in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday every year.

The project involves making unique textile white poppies, each honouring a particular victim or victims of war.

During 2018 the project will develop as we prepare to commemmorate the centenary of the ending of World War One. Sadly, war has continued somewhere in the world since then, and these days over 90% of the victims are civilians; these are often called “collateral damage” by the military.

Join the project

We invite you to make one or more poppies to honour a particular victim that you know of, whether or not you know their name. Your poppy could be sewn, knitted, crocheted, or felted. It need not be pure white , and could be plain or highly decorated, with or without a leaf. You could embroider the victim’s name or a symbol on the poppy or attach a tag to it with their name or story. You can download the leaflet here to help you make your own!

You might then wear your poppy yourself (stitching a brooch pin to the back), give it to somebody else, join with others to make a wreath to honour a particular group of war victims or to join a local WW1 commemoration in November.

Alternatively you could send your poppies in to join a central installation. These should be sent (by 8th October 2018) to: Collateral Damage White Poppies, c/o QPSW, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Perhaps your craft group, community centre, religious community or peace group would like to get together to make poppies and sell them in aid of Peace Pledge Union, or another organisation that promotes peace and supports the victims of war and militarisation?

Please tell us your plans and post photos of your poppies, along with your stories. You can also email us at

Download the leaflet here!


Organisations already supporting the Collateral Damage project include the following:

If your organisation would like to add your name to our supporters, publicising the project and supporting it in some other way, please contact


The Collateral Damage project started out in 2017, focusing on victims of the arms trade, and was first exhibited at Art the Arms Fair in September 2017. UK taxpayers subsidise arms exports through our taxes, including sales to regimes that have poor records on human rights, and which are actively engaged in warfare.


The Collateral Damage exhibition, which includes the growing poppy installation and a selection of other artworks from Art the Arms Fair, is available for UK venues during 2018.

The exhibition is open to the public at Westminster Quaker Meeting House, 52 St Martin’s Lane , London WC2N 4EA until 11 February 2018 and will be moving to Kingston Quaker Centre at the end of February. Other events are in the pipeline.

Artists currently showing include: Amy Corcoran, Erik Dries, Elizabeth Eade, Jill Gibbon, Robert Haywood, Ann Johnson, Iliana Guasch and Romy Neale, Linda Murgatroyd, John Perkin, Rebecca Vincenzi, Ron Waddams and Emily Wallis.

The exhibition will be travelling to Kingston Quaker Centre in Spring, to Greenbelt Festival in August, and to central London in November. It is still available to visit other venues during 2018. It requires between 15 and 30 metres of hanging space at least 2 metres high, along with a hanging system, good lighting, public access and reasonable security.

If you would be interested in hosting the exhibition or have an enquiry about the poppy project, please contact us:



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