The Cenotaph Project

A poetry project with METRO Charity, spoken word artist Stephanie Ampofo and the National Youth Theatre that explored what the Cenotaph means to young people today.

“The empty tomb of magnitude, highly built, connecting to the stars, the stars we call soldiers…”

Cared for by English Heritage, the Cenotaph is a memorial to those from Britain and the British Empire who died during the First World War and later conflicts.

It was first created for the London Peace Celebrations of July 1919 by Sir Edwin Lutyens who designed a temporary structure made of wood that later became the permanent monument made of stone we know today.

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Celebrations, we visited the Cenotaph and took part in creative workshops with spoken word artist Stephanie Ampofo that explored how we commemorate those who died during conflict and what the monument means to young people in 2019.

This special series of workshops placed young voices at the centre of history and storytelling, using a creative poetical twist to write a series of moving poems.

Illustration of Cenotaph Poem

“ I enjoyed working with a young creative artist who helped me write poems”

Young person from Metro Charity

To mark 100 years since the Cenotaph was constructed in stone, for Remembrance Week 2020 we teamed up with members of the National Youth Theatre to help bring these poems to life, performing and sharing them publicly for the very first time

‘Cenotaph Cenotaph’ by Chanan, performed by Arafa Sharif

‘The Unknown and Known’ by Carla, performed by Aaron Gelkoff

‘For All’ by Ryan, performed by Owen Welsh

‘The Cenotaph’ by Sina, performed by Amy English

‘How We Remember The Cenotaph’ by young people from Metro Charity and Stephanie Ampofo, performed by Greg Arundell, Aaron Gelkoff and Arafa Sharif

“ I really enjoyed being able to be creative and learn about the youngest soldier”

Young person from Metro Charity

Illustration of the Cenotaph Project