"Collateral Damage" is a project to honour the victims of wars during and since 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.
It is an independent project, so is not run directly by the Peace Pledge Union. However, it is supported by the Peace Pledge Union and many 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. These will be installed in a large display in Friends House from 1 November, and some have already been on display around the country. Details of events and photos are available on Facebook @whitepoppies2018.
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 15 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.
If you have any questions, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The a small display of poppies has now been set up near the Quaker Centre at Friends House, opposite Euston Station in London. You can add your own poppies and labels to that yourself or send them in by 15 October for inclusion in a larger installation that will spread along the corridors there, from 1 November 2018 until 21 December.
Meanwhile, a number of smaller exhibitions of poppies have been popping up in venues around the country. Many of them will then join the national exhibition in the autumn.
A travelling art exhibition, which includes selected artworks from Art the Arms Fair, as well as a poppy display, has also been shown in a number of venues.
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. British 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. For more information see https://www.caat.org.uk
As well as individual poppy makers, these are a few of the groups that we know of who are supporting the Collateral Damage project in different ways:
- Art the Arms Fair
- Community of Christ
- Cornwall Branch, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
- Croydon Quakers
- Dorchester Quakers
- East Garstang Quakers
- Edinburgh Quaker Meeting
- Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Friends House Hospitality
- Friends World Committee for Consultation
- Grassington and District Peace Group
- Hale Methodists
- Hitchin Quaker Meeting
- Hereford Quakers
- Hertford Quakers
- Independent Yemen Group
- Kelvin Grove Quakers, Brisbane, Australia
- Kingston and Wandsworth Quakers
- Leek Quaker Meeting
- Mid Essex Quakers
- Littlehampton Quaker Meeting
- Lush (fresh handmade cosmetics)
- Merton Library Service
- Peace Museum, Bradford
- Peace Pledge Union
- Quaker Arts Network
- Quaker Centre Bookshop, London
- Southampton Quakers
- Spalding Textile and Knitting Group
- St Austell Quakers
- Swarthmoor Hall
- War Resisters' International
- Wimbledon Disarmament Coalition/CND
- Wimbledon YMCA
- Winchester Quakers