Education and outreach

Pity of War wants to use educational initiatives to help people to know the true impact of war on ordinary civilians. This forms the focus of phase two of the project, based on educational projects. We will install the statue in the National Memorial Arboretum (phase one), then we can then concentrate on this vital continuing aspect.

Our aim is to encourage groups (especially schools) and individuals to do projects about the impact of war. We welcome pictures, models, essays, poems or any other media. So get in touch via the contact form. We can then add them to our online gallery.

Schools participating will receive a password to download our free educational resource pack. If you are a teacher from a school interested in participating email us at

Barbara Mark, one of our working group, has been leading our pilot work in this direction. Together with Jeff Beatty, a trustee whose working life was spent in education, they have made trial visits to local schools (see below).

Moor Park School

Our visit to Moor Park School, Shropshire 

Choosing from broken brick, concrete, wood and tiles

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Gallery of four photos taken at the Moor Park School visit
(click on the arrows to move between photos)

“Jeff and I were made very welcome by Rupert Crew, who organised the visit for us. The children were engaged right away and took a great interest in the stories we told them from different times of war. 

In the art room the children chose from broken brick, broken concrete, broken wood or stones. The fragments came from the rural village of Orleton, which had lost 15 men during the 1st World War. Life must have been very difficult for the family members left behind to look after the farms and homes. The children drew their picture on paper first and painted the stones once happy with their designs.”

Barbara Mark

Pity of War at Harlescott Junior School

Following the free educational resource from the Pity of War pack children from Harlescott Junior School, Shropshire all worked hard to learn about the Pity of War project, and created their own pieces of art to remember those lives lost during wartime.