New College HE students create remembrance day mural

17 Nov 2020 Mural

Students from the BA Illustration course at New College Swindon left their mark for this year’s Remembrance Day with a beautiful display, in tribute of those who have died in the line of duty since the First World War.

Katie Gould, Alice Irvine, Deej Helliker and Kayleigh Lane spent around eight hours working hard to transform the front window of Beechcroft library in Stratton, with a hand-painted scene of poppies and sunshine. Katie said:

“We’re overjoyed to have been given this opportunity and are very grateful for the experience. It’s been great to give back to the local community and help brighten the street as well as commemorate something so important.”
She added: “Many thanks to Stratton St Margaret Parish Council for the opportunity to broaden our creative skills.”

Stratton St Margaret Parish Council and Beechcroft Library wanted to do something special to commemorate the sombre occasion as public services had to be called off due to coronavirus safety restrictions. Library staff invited students from Queens Drive and North Star campus to create a Remembrance mural on the library windows.

Librarian Niall Badcock organised the imaginative initiative on behalf of the parish council. He said that the response from customers and others online has been glowing and positive. He added that many people have called the creation a perfect uplifting tribute during difficult times to brighten up their day and pay respects to all those who are being remembered. The mural will remain in place until Sunday, November 15 should anyone else wish to visit the library and see the mural in-person.