My friend and colleague at Bath Spa University is working on a brilliant project at the moment that you’ve probably all heard about, but if not check out the information below.
Letter to an Unknown Soldier is creating a digital war memorial for WWI by asking people to write a letter to the unknown soldier in Paddington Station. The website will be live for four years, and then the material will be archived with the British Library.
The British Library is where the original Beowulf manuscript is kept. YOU COULD BE IN THE SAME BUILDING AS BEOWULF. Think about that.
Created by Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett, and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a new kind of war memorial, one made only of words:
“This is everyone’s chance to be part of a new national conversation about remembering the war, and to have their voice heard…”
During the First World War over two billion letters and 114 million parcels were handled… it is a number we cannot aspire to match but one that reflects the significance of letters. LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER will create a snapshot of how twenty-first century Britain views the First World War, one hundred years on. It will be added to the British Library online archive at the end of the project, and kept in perpetuity for generations to come.
This is a unique opportunity to have your letter published alongside these and ones from high profile writers – those who have contributed include A L Kennedy, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Sheila Hancock, Andy McNab, Lee Child, Andrew Motion, Dawn French, Lesley Pearce, David Cameron, and Malorie Blackman.
LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER will remain open to receive letters until 11pm on 4 August.