The poppy in 2017: to wear or not to wear? Remembrance Lectures 2017

4th November 3pm



What does it mean to wear a poppy on television, in school or as a statesperson? What is behind recent controversies around wearing or not wearing the symbol? And how have the politics of the poppy evolved?

The poppy has been entangled with human conflict for millennia and used as a symbol of remembrance for those in conflicts from the First World War to today.

Our inaugural Remembrance Lectures trace the history of the symbol and invite public figures from sportspeople to historians and from journalists to politicians to discuss what it means to wear a poppy in 2017.

Speakers include:

  • Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, former Deputy Mayor of London and Green Party member of the House of Lords
  • Nicholas Saunders – historian, author of  The Poppy: A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan
  • Martin Kettle, Associate Editor, The Guardian
  • Maddy Fry,  freelance journalist who has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times and Open Democracy
  • Luke Sinnott, retired Royal Engineers Captain, Invictus Games athlete, pilot and trustee of Flying for Freedom


This is part of IWM’s Remembrance Lectures 2017 alongside Am I a hero? a conversation with veterans and healthcare professionals about bravery, mental health and the use of the term ‘hero’ in, and around, the armed forces.

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