|Pier Approach, Lower Gardens||Dorset AIDS Memorial||
since 1 December 2010
Dorset Aids Memorial Schools Educational Trust Project
This project has created a permanent memorial to those in Dorset who have lost their lives to AIDS. At the time the project was initiated, these numbered over 200 and the number is still growing. By creating this memorial, DAMSET aims to bring home to the wider community the fact that the virus is active everywhere and spares nobody if adequate precautions are not taken.
A professional artist took workshops for secondary school children in which each student is given the name of one person from Dorset whose life has been cut short by AIDS. The class teacher then encourages the students to discuss HIV and what it means to them, whilst they are creating a tile design. In this way, the students are made aware that HIV/AIDS is both a world-wide problem and right on their own doorsteps. The students are encouraged to have ownership of the project and pass the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and not the infection.
The memorial wall was unveiled on 1st December 2010 – World AIDS Day at the Pier Approach in Bournemouth.
It is a permanent and potent reminder to the public at large and particularly to the young people involved, that the incidence of HIV/AIDS has not gone away and that new infections are on the increase. Photo © Heidi Rees Bournemouth 2026
20 December 2010
Heidi Rees, Bournemouth