The Cathedral is marking the centenary of the end of World War 1 with a special exhibition bringing together two of the most potent symbols of Remembrance – red poppies and puttees (the lower leg wrappings worn by soldiers in two World Wars).
Binding the Past to the Present Through Remembrance is a Heritage Lottery funded community project run by local artist Suzie Gutteridge, with Salisbury Cathedral’s Outreach team. A textile specialist who likes to create her own materials and work with ‘found’ objects, Suzie was inspired by some puttees given to her by her late father, a former soldier.
Suzie and the Cathedral's Outreach Projects manager, Leigh Chalmers, worked with 15 community groups and volunteers to make the red felt for the flowers, shape the poppies and sew the poppies unto the puttees. The display of 100 poppy-covered puttees that will hang in the Morning Chapel for a month, a moving tribute to those who have died or were injured in combat. The puttees used are original World War Two puttees, sourced from an Army Surplus store by Suzie and made by Fox Brothers and Co Ltd, a Somerset based company. During the 1914-18 War Fox Brothers and Co. supplied 8,000 miles of khaki cloth for clothing and 70,000 pairs of puttees per week to be worn by soldiers in the field. The company is still in business today.
Binding the Past to the Present Through Remembrance will be on display in the Morning Chapel from 25 October until 25 November and is juts one of a number of events and activities in the Cathedral marking a century since the end of World War 1 and the Armistice. For further details on any of these activities check here.
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