Birkenhead’s MP to launch The Wilfred Owen Commemoration 2018

Frank Field MP and Dame Patricia Routledge will be launching the Wilfred Owen Commemoration on Saturday 17th March between 2- 4pm at the Pyramids Shopping Centre, on the eve of Owen’s 125th birthday. The community of Birkenhead is invited to take part in this event and to share their memories of World War One.


Wilfred Owen and his family lived in Birkenhead between 1897 and 1907, during which time he attended the Birkenhead Institute. He was killed a week before the 1918 armistice.

 100 years after his death, the community of Birkenhead will be honouring Wilfred Owen, as well as all of those who fought in World War One, with a series of events throughout November 2018. These events include:

  •  Songs of Praise Broadcast from Christ Church Oxton focusing on the life of Wilfred Owen
  • A performance from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hanover Orchestra of Britten’s War Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral
  • A series of writing and art workshops across schools in Birkenhead
  • An exhibition at The Williamson Art Gallery to display and commemorate the memories of people from Birkenhead

As part of the festival, Frank Field MP is asking all those who have ceramic poppies in the Wirral to loan them to the commemoration, so that they might be gifted to families who have lost loved ones in recent wars.

If you would like any more information or would like to get in touch about loaning a poppy, please email