Letters to the Unknown Soldier: 14-18 Now Project
With this year marking the centenary of the start of World War One, the 14-18 Now Project is giving people the chance to write a letter to the Unknown Soldier, a man who served and was killed during World War One. A statue of the Unknown Soldier can be seen on Platform One of Paddington Station, reading a letter, and this project gives people the opportunity to write a personal message to the soldier, creating a lasting archive that will be kept at the British Library.
Students at NK School have been involved in this project, organised by their librarian, Britta-Michelle Fenwick. She told YJA, “I think it’s important that the school has been involved in the ‘14-18 Now’ Project because it’s the centenary of World War One, and it gives the students a chance to voice their thoughts and emotions about the war. It’s about the dedication and commitment and sacrifice that people made for the war.”
The project has had an incredible response so far, with nearly ten thousand people writing to the Unknown Soldier by the second week of it’s launch, and the online memorial already includes contributions from celebrities including Stephen Fry and author Malorie Blackman. The website will be accepting letters until 11pm on August 4th, 100 years from the announcement that Britain would be joining World War One.
Britta explained, “The students have been very excited because their words and emotions will be recorded by the British Library and will be available permanently for decades, even centuries to come, so the students that participated, their families and friends and in fact everybody else in the world can see and read their thoughts.”
To send your letter to the Unknown Soldier, click here.
Take a look at the NK news team’s report on their school’s contributions to the Unknown Soldier archive.