One hundred years ago today, on the morning of the 11th November 1920, the funeral procession of Britain’s Unknown Warrior made its way through London, passing thousands of people – mothers, children, wives and veterans, all of whom had lost someone close during the Great War.
Our virtual walk follows the route of the funeral procession from Victoria Station to Westminster Abbey and explores the story of the Unknown Warrior and how a landscape of remembrance was created by a nation reeling with collective and personal grief.
Our guide, Ruth Polling, will take us through the story of Remembrance Day, from the importance of naming the dead on local war memorials to the story of how the nation came together for the first two minutes silence in 1919. We’ll hear how two remarkable women, neither British, turned the red poppy into the symbol of remembrance that we still wear today. We’ll discover how a cenotaph (empty tomb) that was designed to last for only one week, became our national war memorial and why the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner was so controversial.
Please join us for this important and moving 100th Anniversary of the commemoration and burial of The British Unknown Warrior and the story of remembrance of those killed in warfare.
Image credits: Main image (courtesy of the Parliamentary Art Collection – Public Domain) ‘Burial of the British Unknown Warrior from a battlefield in WW1 in Westminster Abbey’ – 11 November 1920 – artist: Frank O. Salisbury / Other images: Public Domain/Ruth Polling
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Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Zoom Virtual Tour
Time: 2.30pm – 3.45pm