Published On: Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 on 1:45 pm

500 Bradford children design giant poppy rug to remember WW1

Bradford Library Reading Rug

Pupils from Hill Top C of E and Eastwood Primary

Hundreds of Bradford schoolchildren are designing a poppy-themed rug to commemorate the lives lost during WW1.

A huge ‘library reading rug’ is being designed by Bradford schoolchildren via Bradford Libraries and the West Riding Ruggers, who came together to host WW1 commemoration events.

Christinea Donnelly, development officer for young people at Bradford Libraries, said: “The idea of a WW1 Commemorative reading rug seemed like a wonderful positive legacy combining traditional skills from the last century, reminding us of the value of reading and libraries and most importantly galvanising Bradford school children into the design and making of the rug.

“When I first had the idea I did not realise how popular the WW1 Reading Rug would become and how much it would capture the imagination and interest of Bradford’s children.”

Typical of the time at the start of the World War, schoolchildren have been using “prodding” techniques to add strips of colours into the rug forming poppy patterns.

Pupils from Cullingworth Primary School, Horton Grange Primary School, Hill Top C of E Primary School and Eastwood Primary School were the latest to contribute to the rug.

It was brought to the Peace Museum, located in Bradford’s city centre, where youngsters attended a WW1 Commemoration workshop and learnt about the history and significance of poppies.

Bradford Library Reading Rug

(l-r) Hamza and Lucas hold up their poppies

When the rug is completed, it will be used at the library for story times.

More photographs were taken by our photographer/reporter. They will be available to view and buy here.

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  1. Pete says:

    What a great idea….

  2. Husayn says:

    So cute. Nowhere in Yorkshire do I see so much diversity than Bradford!

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