The Cenotaph Project

Working with METRO Charity and spoken word artist Stephanie Ampofo we wanted to explore 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.

First created for the London Peace Celebrations of July 1919, Sir Edwin Lutyens designed a temporary structure made of wood which later became the permanent monument made of stone we know today.

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Celebrations young people visited the Cenotaph and took part in creative workshops which explored how we commemorate those who died during conflict and what the monument means to young people in 2019.

This special series of workshops empowered young people to be at the centre of storytelling by using a creative poetical twist, allowing them to add their own voice to history. The poem below was created from lines and words suggested by the young people following their visit.

Illustration of Cenotaph Poem

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


Young person from Metro Charity

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


Young person from Metro Charity

Illustration of the Cenotaph Project