Remembrance: Monolith

Following last week’s Armistice Day and the Services of remembrance last Sunday, Lavenham Church will soon be hosting a significant work by a local artist. in 2010, The Heritage Lottery funded artist Jonathan D. Boast to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior with a freestanding double-sided window over 2m tall, installed in Westminster Abbey.

Jonathan says of the work, ” I worked with children, youth and community groups across Kent to create the window’s imagery, using local study centres we researched the lives of six soldiers to reveal and tell their personal stories and better relate to the depth of each loss. The breadth of the loss commemorated by the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is illustrated by the imagery on the reverse of the piece; a faceless soldier who looks out across The Channel as HMS Verdun brings the body back from Europe.”

There are a number of exhibition panels that accompany the artwork telling the stories of six soldiers through archival documents and artefacts, though their predominant focus is Kent and London the stories told are common to most areas of the UK. Also created and available to download is  an education pack for schools developed by Peter Daniel of Westminster Archives in conjunction with Westminster Abbey and the Dover War Memorial Project who have been a continued supporter of the project.

Jonathan lives near Lavenham and has a long association with the locality. The Monolith is currently being shown in Bury St Edmunds in the cathedral ; it will be on show in Lavenham Parish Church from November 30th to December 12th.

For more information, please click here to visit Jonathan’s websiteCommemorates the Burial of the Unknown Warrior.


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