This crucial speech in parliament helped defeat a motion opposing the IWGC's policies on equality of treatment. It was considered so important that the IWGC had it printed in pamphlet form for public distribution.
WHY CWGC STAFF CHOSE IT:
“Since the equality of treatment is a fundamental principle of our organisation.” - Dominique Boulais, Public Relations Manager, Canadian Agency
“Burdett-Coutts is such an interesting and unrecognised contributor to our organisation. His speech and contribution at a crucial time of our formation had such a profound impact at a time when what we recognise today was debated and could have gone either way.” - Glenn Hearnden, Community Engagement Manager, Head Office
“Given the unifying power the debate had... but [I] reject the premise we should choose [a single item], as they are all treasures!” - Victoria Wallace, Director General, Head Office
“I visited my local churchyard last month, knowing that I’d be able to pick out the CWGC headstones straight away – no need to check every inscription looking for the ones I wanted. Now I know that the instantly recognisable, universal design owes a lot to Mr Burdett-Coutts.” - Simon Coller, Interim Procurement Manager, Head Office
While these were the winners, we had plenty of other contenders with excellent reasons for being chosen – including:
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The items mentioned here are just a small sample of the CWGC archives collection. Over the next few months we plan to make some of this material available through a new searchable archive catalogue on our website.
For those wishing the visit the archive in person, our reading room is open every week day 10am to 4.30 pm; if you would like to pursue a particular research interest, please contact email@example.com to get in touch and book a visit.
Thank you to all the CWGC staff who took part in the vote!