100 Years of Remembrance, an exhibition at Guildford House Gallery

Visit the remembrance exhibit from the Surrey Infantry Collection at Guildford House Gallery open Saturday 6 November to Saturday 4 December.

The ‘100 Years of Remembrance’ exhibition marks 100 years since the red poppy was first adopted as a symbol of remembrance. It explores what remembrance means to the Surrey Infantry Collection and its regimental family.

Cllr John Redpath, Lead Councillor for Economy said: “From 1900 to the modern day, we remember the service and sacrifice of soldiers from around Surrey. The exhibition also shares how today’s soldiers from the county remember the men and women who came before them.

“This exhibition offers a close encounter with stories of remembrance from volunteers and supporters of Surrey Infantry Collection. You can contribute your own stories to a remembrance wreath – to create a lasting reminder of the people Guildford is remembering this November.”

Cllr Tom Hunt, our Armed Forces Champion said: “The red poppy is a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. This exhibition will give visitors a chance to reflect on what that means to them and those who have served in the military.

“Remembrance Sunday is very personal to all of us, as we remember family members and loved ones who have served our country. Ahead of this years’ Service of Remembrance we will be adding the name of Lt Nicholas Stanford London (who had a close connection to Guildford) to our memorial commemorating those who have died in military service since the Second World War. This memorial and the memorial for World War I and II are both located by the bowling green in the Castle grounds, just a short walk from the gallery.”

Lieutenant Colonel Foster Herd (retired), Former Chairman of the Regimental Association said:

“I’ve always believed strongly in remembrance. I live in the New Forest now, but I still come up to Guildford every year for Remembrance [Sunday] to remember with my comrades. Remembrance Day is about remembering what people have done for us. For me, it’s especially about remembering those I served with. I especially remember all those from my platoon in the 1950s – all but four have passed away now.”

The exhibition is open Monday – Saturday, 6 November to 4 December from 10.30am until 3.30pm, apart from opening day when it will open at 11.30am and is free to enter.  Don’t forget to visit our café, craft shop and tourist information centre.