The exhibition and art honouring Epping Forest Keepers who fought in World War One

A new interactive exhibition about Epping Forest Keepers who fought in World War One has opened, accompanied by six life-sized artworks installed across Epping Forest land.

The aluminium silhouettes of British soldiers and the exhibition commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War at The View, the Epping Forest visitor centre in Chingford.

The exhibition includes a Family Story Tree where visitors can leave family memoirs and photographs of any relatives who served, survived or died in the war as tributes. The City of London Corporation (CoL) which manages the forest, has also planned activities, historic poems, books and pictures centred around the Family Story Tree.

Epping Forest Keepers who enlisted to fight in World War One. 

CoL worked with charities Remembered and the Armed Forces Covenant Fnd Trust to install the sculptures, as part of the Tommies in the City and the Forest initiative, itself part of Remembered’s nationwide art installation campaign called ‘There But Not There’ with all proceeds going to armed forces and mental health charities.

The silhouettes, accessible for everyone to visit, have been placed at:

  • High Beech, where Helen Thomas, the wife of the War Poet Edward Thomas, recorded their fateful farewell

  • Pole Hill, where a soldier stands lookout over a former gun emplacement

  • At The View visitor centre as part of its World War One exhibition

  • Guarding three War memorials on Epping Forest Land at Wanstead, Loughton and Epping

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee Philip Woodhouse said: "We are proud to be part of this nationwide campaign honouring those who made the greatest sacrifices for this country.

"We want all Londoners to feel part of this historic moment. It is important that local people should feel included in the centenary commemorations, as we mark one hundred years since the end of the war."

Epping Forest covers 2,400 hectares and attracts over 4.5 million visits every year.  

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