2nd September - 29th September 2019
On display until 29 September, the ‘Knife Angel’ is recognised as the National Monument against violence and aggression.
In 2014, the British Ironwork Centre began a new campaign, which would not only highlight a national issue, but tackle it through their passion for art.
This is the Knife Angel - under the banner 'Save a life, surrender your knife', the centre sought permission from the Home Office to work with all 43 UK police forces to retrieve knives from the streets of the UK, by providing knife banks to educate and raise awareness of the horrors of knife crime.
Relatives of those killed because of knife crime were invited to engrave the confiscated blades with names and messages for their loved ones.
The weapons were transformed into a giant 27 foot sculpture called the Knife Angel. Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, has led on the construction and operation, to ensure the Knife Angel fulfils its purpose and undertakes a full UK tour. He hopes that along with Birmingham, Coventry, Hull and Liverpool, other towns and cities across the nation will host the symbolic angel and spread its message.
- 4 years in the making
- 27 feet tall
- Comprised of 100,000 weapons removed from UK streets
- Created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire
- On display at Rochester Cathedral from 2 to 29 September 2019.
Service for the Victims of Knife Crime - 21 September 2019
The national service on Saturday, 21 September in Rochester Cathedral, will bring together victims' families to pay solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives and to serve as a warning, especially to the young people, of the dangers of knife crime.
Anyone affected by knife crime is warmly invited to attend.