The centenary of the end of the First World War was marked at many events across the country last week. Hampton School’s Art Department were invited to two such commemorations, as Josh Bartholomew reports:

Our Art Department enjoyed a memorable few days last week, visiting Buckingham Palace before being invited to Westminster Abbey on Remembrance Sunday.

Mrs Karen Williams, Head of Art, accompanied Old Hamptonian Amirzan Jeyakumar (2018) and Fifth Year pupil Cameron Hair to Buckingham Palace, whose artwork is included in the Never Such Innocence charity book; the book provides a lasting legacy to remember the men and women of the Great War. 

Mrs Williams explained:

We were able to incorporate the Never Such Innocence project into our curriculum, enabling the boys to learn about the First World War. Pupils responded to the challenge creatively, as well as honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Furthermore, on Remembrance Sunday, Mrs Williams was invited to Westminster Abbey by the charity to join the many people who were paying their respects for the sacrifice made by so many. Members of the Royal Family and many other famous figures were also in attendance in order to commemorate the centenary. Her Majesty the Queen was joined by the German President at the Abbey, where a wreath was laid at the grave of The Unknown Warrior ahead of a service commemorating the end of the First World War.

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