Read Poppy’s story:

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Poppy Activities


Listen to the recording of Poppy’s interview. She made a decision to help when she saw that it was needed. She knew that the Basque children were in real danger if they stayed in their homes, many of which had already been destroyed.

  • Imagine how she felt when she heard the news from Spain. Think about why she felt so strongly that she took action to help.


Sadly, there have always been things happening in parts of the world that have caused people to leave their homes. They often have to go very quickly and leave their lives, their possessions, and sometimes their families behind.

Find out some of the reasons why people have become refugees – now or in the past. Some famous refugees that you may have heard of include Anne Frank, Albert Einstein, Freddie Mercury, and Rita Ora.

  • What does the word refugee actually mean?


Poppy was an activist who cared deeply about the Basque children and fought to help them.

  • What can you do to support those forced to flee their homelands today?

For Refugee Week 2020 (15-19 June), you’re invited to complete Simple Acts. Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities.

Whether you plan an event around a Simple Act or simply do one during the week itself, you’ll be joining a big national movement celebrating the ways refugees have enriched our culture and communities for generations.

This exhibition is proud to be featured in Refugee Week 2020. Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities. This year it is a digital festival. Please visit the Refugee Week website to see the events and activities happening this year.