World War I Centenary Commemoration

DOCA is working closely with the Town Council, Wiltshire Museum and a number of other organisations to try and create a programme of beautiful and contemporary events to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

Our first phase of work is to create an installation made from knitted or crocheted poppies.  We have already had contributions from local knitters, but to make it a really spectacular piece we need many hundreds of poppies.

If you would like to be part of this project, by knitting, donating wool, or volunteering to help put the installation together nearing completion please contact usPlease download our knitting and crochet pattern if you want to take part

We are looking for as many red, white and purple poppies as possible. You can drop off wool or completed poppies in Devizes Books and Sprout Cafe, or post them to us – our address is on our Contact page. Please have them to us by the beginning of September. If you are a venue that can become a drop-off point for poppies and cranes please let us know.

We are also looking for people to help us make paper cranes – another part of this project will be an installation in St. Johns Church, where a thousand tiny origami birds will be suspended from the ceiling as a symbol of peace.  To do this we need you to help us make the birds.

They should be made using a sheet of paper no bigger than A4, and all completed birds can be left at the same places as the poppies. If you want to see how they are made, here’s a video:

Look out for information on the project as it unfolds. We will be attempting to arrange pop-up knitting groups and more as the project progresses.