Magnificent Remembrance Memorial unveiled at St Paul’s Cathedral
The ‘Remember Me’ portico memorial has been installed in memory of those lives that were lost directly, or indirectly during the pandemic. Providing a space where people can come together to share memories and honour those that passed.
The inner portico is the first addition to the London landmark in 150 years, made possible by campaigns by the BBC and Daily Mail. Celebrities and business leaders generously supported the campaign including Sir Lloyd Dorfman and Lord Alan Sugar that generously donated to its creation.
The ‘Remember Me’ memorial provides a special and lasting space for remembrance of all lives lost. The new inner portico will be a focal point in the cathedral’s north transept, within a wooden atrium. The portico is elliptical in design and engraved with the words ‘Remember Me’ in several languages. Alloy Fabweld designed, manufactured, and installed the support steelwork for this important cause, in collaboration with Sir Robert McAlpine.
Co-designed by Caroe Architecture with Connolly Wellingham, creating a beautiful, elliptical timber structure all crafted in the UK and made with British Oak. Etched into the wood in gold letters are the words ‘Remember Me’, of the people who have died due to the pandemic. The elegant design is a modern addition, designed with respect to its iconic surroundings and to reflect the geometric design of St. Paul's by Christopher Wren.
Pictures: Courtesy of Sir Robert McAlpine.
Part of this unique memorial is the Remember Me online book of remembrance, started in 2020, that contains photos, names, and memories of those who have passed, within the Middlesex Chapel, displayed across several digital screens.
The memorial is for everyone from all the UK nations and of any faith or none, it will leave a legacy for many people to visit over the years to provide a contemplative space and celebrate the lives of lost ones.
The Remember Me is to enable families, friends, and carers to remember and mourn those who have died, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online book of remembrance is open to people of all faiths or none and remains open for entries for as long as is needed.
Prince Charles gave his backing for the project in a video message: ‘People of every faith and none believe that each human being is unique and precious’.
Leaders from all faiths have also endorsed the project, calling the memorial a ‘focal point for our collective grief. Those wishing to remember loved ones can submit, free of charge, the name, photograph, and a short message in honour of a deceased person via the Remember Me website www.rememberme2020.uk