On Wednesday 27th November, we visited the historical city of Chester to see the ‘Knife Angel’ sculpture which has been travelling around the UK.
Chester Cathedral was proud to host The Knife Angel in Chester to raise awareness of knife crime across the country. Cheshire Police also used the Angel to raise awareness to prevent knife crime in schools and places of education using the Knife Angel as a focus.
The Knife Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre, and sculptor Alfie Bradley, to illustrate the scale of the knife crime problem affecting the UK. The 27 feet high sculpture is made from 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police surrenders across the country.
Our students really enjoyed getting a close view of the sculpture and were in awe of just how many knives had been surrendered/confiscated. Upon returning to school the next day, we learned more about the implications of knife crime on our British Values day and even made some fantastic artwork inspired by the sculpture.