Colchester Institute students showcase skills through creation of steel screens honouring Remembrance Day

Two new stainless-steel screens have been unveiled during a ceremony in Wivenhoe, cut and shaped by our talented Engineering students. The screens stand proudly in a field on Elmstead Road, commemorating the town’s fallen soldiers.

This project was made possible thanks to a collaboration between local businesses, the College’s acclaimed Engineering department, and resident Phil Long.

After he conceived the idea and designed the screens, Phil approached Colchester Institute to fabricate the metal into permanent structures. Our students cut the lettering and poppy shapes, welded and fixed the screens to frames and finally cut and fixed 48 bright red poppies to the front of both screens, which were created by the pupils of Millfields Primary School.

The final products are testament to the students’ remarkable precision and patience.

At the unveiling ceremony, Phil expressed sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the creation of the screens, including the College’s diligent students. “The workmanship is outstanding,” he remarked, adding that the College community should take immense pride in what the students achieved.

Colchester Institute’s Principal & Chief Executive, Alison Andreas shares Phil’s pride, “we are so pleased to help in this important commemorative project that involved so many segments of the community. The screens are not only a powerful reminder of Wivenhoe’s fallen heroes, but also of what can be achieved by local businesses, residents and others collaborating together.”