Take part in creative commemoration for Remember RAF100

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Take part in creative commemoration for Remember RAF100 – there’s some great things you can do as a school, group or family!

2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force. The Remember RAF100 project commemorates those who have died in RAF service with a special focus on the First World War and on war graves and memorials in the British Isles. Schools, families, community groups and more across the UK are invited to join the project to mark the centenary of the Armistice, discover local history and commemorate the contributions of air force personnel.

Farsley Farfield Primary School children illustrating the Remember100 poetry book ©Big Ideas
Farsley Farfield Primary School children illustrating the Remember100 poetry book ©Big Ideas

 

Illustrate a specially commissioned poetry book

Poet and children’s author Jim Eldridge has written accessible poems about the RAF, flight, conflict, death and remembrance for children and young people. Groups that take part can illustrate the poems and create a unique poetry book for the project which can be shared with their communities.

Explore your local history and commemorate air service personnel

The Remember RAF100 database holds records of the graves and memorials for over 4,800 air service personnel who are buried or commemorated in the United Kingdom and is designed to help you research air service personnel who lost their lives in World War One. Use the database to discover your local heritage and remember air service personnel by visiting a grave or memorial.

Children taking part in Remember RAF100 activities at Glasgow Mela, © Jen Martin
Children taking part in Remember RAF100 activities at Glasgow Mela, © Jen Martin

Free resources and funding

We have many free project resources available. Our creative resource pack for primary school teachers includes poems on key project themes as well as lesson and assembly plans. Further educational resources are available. Get creative with our step-by-step guide for making model plans out of unusual yet everyday materials such as toast or celery. Use our poster to explore air service stories from the First World War and commemorative activity suggestions.

An expenses scheme for small-scale funding (up to £1,000) is available for community groups (eight or more people).

Remember RAF100 is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and RAF100 through the Chancellor’s LIBOR funds. Remember RAF100 is part of Remember Together, which brings diverse communities together to commemorate shared – and often sidelined – heritage, bringing significant marginalised heritage into the mainstream.

Find out more at big-ideas.org and email [email protected] to join Remember RAF100.

 

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