Never Such Innocence works with High Commissions and Embassies to highlight the global nature of the First World War. In doing this we hope to encourage young people to actively learn about their shared history and heritage.
AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION:
Australia House is the oldest Australian diplomatic mission and is the longest continuously occupied foreign mission in London. King George V laid the building’s foundation stone in 1913 but it was not until August 1918 and the end of the First World War that he officially opened the completed building. The Australian High Commission represents the interests of the Australian Government in the UK and provides services to Australians. The Australian High Commission is a proud supporter of Never Such Innocence and is honoured to have hosted the charity's launch event in Australia House.
EMBASSY OF BELGIUM:
It goes without saying that Belgium, and Flanders’ Fields in particular, plays a central role in the World War I Commemorations. Belgium and its people will be forever grateful to the UK and the Commonwealth countries for coming to the rescue one hundred years ago and defending Belgium’s freedom and independence. The Embassy of Belgium in London is proud to support a remembrance initiative like ‘Never Such Innocence’ (how appropriate to name your charity after Philip Larkin’s War Poem ‘MCMXIV’) and is honoured to have hosted a fundraising event this Centenary period.
Art Historian Nathalie Trouveroy, who is married to the Belgian Ambassador, kindly sits on the Art Competition's Judging Panel.
CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSION:
The building that is now known as Canada House was built between 1824 and 1827 and was originally two buildings used by the Union Club and the Royal College of Physicians. Renamed Canada House, the building was officially opened by King George V on 29th June 1925 and today, following a large-scale revitalisation project in 2014, Canada House serves as a showcase of the very best of Canadian art, materials, and modern design elements. The Canadian High Commission represents the interests of the Canadian Government in the UK and provides services to Canadians. The Canadian High Commission is pleased to be a supporter of Never Such Innocence and looks forward to hosting an event together in 2017.
Brigadier-General Matthew Overton, the Canadian Defence Attache, kindly sits on the Poetry Competition's Judging Panel.
EMBASSY OF IRELAND:
The Embassy of Ireland has been situated in 17 Grosvenor Place since Christmas day 1949. The Irish Embassy represents the interests of the Government of Ireland in Britain and provides services to the large number of Irish citizens living here. During the First World War, hundreds of thousands of Irishmen from all parts of the Island of Ireland and all political and religious persuasions fought in British uniform and some 49,000 lost their lives. Ambassador Daniel Mulhall's participation at the 2014 Remembrance Sunday ceremony, including the laying of a laurel wreath at the Cenotaph, marked an important new chapter in honouring the memory of the thousands of Irish men and women who fought and died in the First World War.
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