Students receive royal stamp of approval

Photography students with College Principal

City of Bristol College photography students were recognised at an awards ceremony in London for their involvement in Living Memory, a 141 day project from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that mirrors the duration of the Battle of the Somme.

Over 200 community groups from across the UK took part in the project, including schools, libraries, sport clubs and colleges. As part of the event, the group of Extended Diploma in Photography students created images from First World War graves at Arnos Vale Cemetery.

A special event was held at Brookwood Military Cemetery to mark the end of the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme. Community groups from across the UK who had taken part in the Living Memory project this year were invited to come together, share their experiences and celebrate their achievements. Students were able to meet Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, husband to Princess Anne, and discuss their project and experiences.

College student Clifford Bancroft commented: "It was challenging to gain an essence of who the people were through their graves. It was a privilege to be involved in such an emotional powerful commemorative event."

Photography students were given recognition certificates from the Living Memory project by Principal Lee Probert at a College celebration event.

Principal said: "I’m delighted to be able to recognise the excellent work our students have achieved. These are powerful images reminding us of the impact of that moment in our history and are a fitting way to commemorate the lives and memories of those who gave their lives."

Back to news