Manchester develops ‘Project Ginkgo’ and prepares for special 70th anniversary service of commemoration

Reported on February 3, 2015 [Manchester, UK]

Manchester City Council is moving forward with an exciting project to promote the receipt of ginkgo tree seeds from Hiroshima. The seeds, which are growing well at Hulme Community Garden Centre in south Manchester are the focus of a school’s art poster competition which will officially launch in April. Schoolchildren in the city will be asked to devise posters considering the importance of nature in regenerating areas damaged by warfare, and the wider necessity for peace.

It has now been agreed to exhibit winning entries in the Manchester Museum, which is linked to Manchester University. The Museum contains a fragment of warped glass from the atomic blast in Hiroshima in its collections, which is the centerpiece of a new exhibit which contains hundreds of paper peace cranes and a stuffed crane from the Museum’s natural history collection.

The Museum will also host Manchester’s commemoration service for the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings next to this Hiroshima exhibit in August. Senior figures from the City Council, the University, faith groups, peace groups and other organizations will take part, along with the children successful in the art competition, and their parents.

The Hiroshima exhibit at the Manchester Museum
(Photo credit: Manchester City Council)