First World War commemorations at St George’s Church, Stockport for Heritage Open Days 2017

6 September 2017 | Liz Robertson

On September 9th and 10th, a unique programme at St George’s Church, Stockport will explore First World War histories, remembrance and commemoration, with two art installations in church, and the transformation of the parish rooms back into a military hospital, as they were from 1915-1919.

The first installation takes the form of a poppy fall, in which 2828 handmade poppies are suspended from netting over the church chancel. These poppies each commemorate an individual who died during the war and who is listed on a Stockport war memorial.

The second installation takes the form of a large series of photographs showing the front doors of those individuals killed from the parish, juxtaposed with the location of their final resting place in Commonwealth War Grave cemeteries.

Finally, the parish rooms will be transformed into a hospital ward, featuring information about life in the Second Western General military hospital, St George’s branch, and enlarged magic lantern slides taken of the hospital during the First World War.

For more information, visit the St George’s Church website.