Never Such Innocence Finale at Buckingham Palace

At the end of 2018, to mark the final year of the First World War Centenary, the Never Such Innocence project held a finale event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of all winners across its four competitions.

Founded to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, Never Such Innocence was established as a way for young people to respond creatively to the War through art, poetry and music.

The competition ran between 2014 and 2018, and during this time 11,000 entries from 47 countries and territories were submitted.

Having won second place in the competition in 2016 with her watercolour ‘Shadows of the Past’, pupil Louisa Willan attended the moving ceremony together with her mother.

The Never Such Innocence project was established by Lady Lucy French, who is the great-granddaughter of Field Marshal Sir John French who commanded the British Expeditionary Forces, 1914 - 1915.

The initiative has led to the development of excellent education material about the War, as well as the publication of a book containing the contributions over the four years of the competition.

Mrs C Oosthuizen, Head of Lower College