A short distance north of St Paul’s Cathedral lies a park known as Postman’s Park. Opened in 1880, the park became the location for George Frederic Watt’s Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in 1900, a memorial to ordinary people who died while saving the lives of others and who might otherwise be forgotten. Nestled beneath a tiled roof are just over 50 ceramic plaques, commemorating individuals, men, women and children, each of whom lost their life while attempting to save another. In November 2013 a free mobile app, The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park, was launched which documents the lives and deaths of those commemorated on the memorial. In 2015, The Friends of the Watts Memorial was established with the primary aims of protecting, preserving and promoting the Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman’s Park London and, ultimately, to work towards completing it in full as its creator, the artist George Frederic Watts originally intended. Run entirely by volunteers and governed by a constitution, The Friends, a non-profit organization promotes and publicizes the memorial, through planning and staging events to raise its profile and increase public engagement and knowledge about Postman’s Park.
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