The Knife Angel sculpture in Birkenhead Park, Wirral in July 2022The Knife Angel is the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, designed to recognise the problems caused in our society by these issues, especially knife crime. The monument stands at 8.2m (27ft) tall, weighing 3.5 tons, and is made from over 100,000 seized knives and weapons collected from all 43 Police Constabularies across the UK.

The artist Alfie Bradley, of the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire, designed the Knife Angel to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour and solidify critical need for social change.

Grand Arch, Birkenhead Park - 1 to 31 July 2022

The Knife Angel is located at the Grand Arch, Birkenhead Park throughout July 2022 to act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, and as a poignant memorial for the countless lives lost to knife crime.

The Knife Angel has been on tour in towns and cities across the UK since 2018. Wirral Council, along with Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell, have arranged for it to be displayed in Birkenhead while the borough hosts a month-long programme of workshops and activities for local schools.

Find out more about the Knife Angel and the work of the British Ironwork Centre.

Getting to Birkenhead Park

Park Drive, Birkenhead CH41 4HY

View on a map

Via public transport

Nearest railway station Birkenhead Park is just under a 10 minute walk from where the Knife Angel is located.

No. 437 bus from Birkenhead Central Bus Station runs every 15 minutes and stops right outside the Grand Arch.

For further public transport information please contact Merseytravel on 0871 200 22 33 or www.merseytravel.gov.uk.

Timetable of activities

Monday 4 July

  • Minipathfinder Portland Primary (Continues until 8th July)
  • Meadowside Primary School Knife Angel visit AM
  • St Anselm’s School  Knife Angel visit PM
  • Chaplaincy support 11am-3pm from Salvation Army and Churches Together
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm 

Tuesday 5 July

  • Wirral Change Knife Angel Activities
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm- 10pm 
  • Merpol Schools Officers and pupils visit to Knife Angel
  • Chaplaincy support 11am to 3pm.  
  • Involve North West Amazing Community Engagement Campervan at the Angel – Connectors/Reachout 10am to 4pm

Wednesday 6 July

  • SEN school from Cumbria TBC
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm 
  • Underley School Cumbria (function suite) visit Knife Angel
  • Well Lane Primary AM - gallery
  • Birkenhead High School Academy PM – gallery
  • Chaplaincy support 11am to 3pm.  
  • Liverpool in the community Life Savers event with TRFC

Thursday 7 July

  • The Hive Knife Angel Activities
  • Knife Arch located at YMCA with open land searches conducted close by
  • Birkenhead Park School visit the Knife Angel AM gallery space
  • CVF school Liverpool all day and booked function suite
  • Chaplaincy Support 11am to 3pm.  
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm 

Monday 11 July

  • Minipathfinder Priory Parish Primary (continues until 15 July)
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead Park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm

Tuesday 12 July

  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • The Hive visit knife Angel
  • Involve North West Amazing Community Engagement Campervan
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm

Wednesday 13 July

  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm

Thursday 14 July

  • The Hive activities
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm

Monday 18 July

  • Tomorrow’s Women Knife Saver/County lines Minipathfinder St Edwards Primary 
  • TRFC be bringing an NCS cohort over to the angel on 18 July
  • ASB awareness week starts
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support

Tuesday 19 July

  • Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Activities - County Lines workshop)
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Involve North West Amazing Community Engagement Campervan

Wednesday 20 July

  • Friends of Birkenhead park session
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support

Thursday 21 July

  • Leasowe Activities 
  • Salvation Army/Churches Together 

Monday 25 July

  • Beechwood Knife Angel anti blade Football Tournament
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm 

Tuesday 26 July

  • Tranmere Rovers In the Community Activities  - knife savers provision at our stadium from there designated team (TBC)
  • The Hive deliver Knife Angel activities 
  • Involve North West Amazing Community Engagement Campervan 10am to 4pm
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm 

Wednesday 27 July

  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm

Friday 29 July

  • Merseyside Police attending 2pm to 10pm
  • Salvation Army/Friends of Birkenhead park/Churches Together chaplaincy support
  • Candlelit vigil/departure event - Tomorrow’s Women