Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and IWM North - among chosen locations for the 2018 poppy displays. 'Wave' and 'Weeping Window' will join Imperial War Museums' permanent collections at the close of the WW1 Centenary (Photo: Centenary News)

Final Tower Poppies tour venues named

Posted on centenarynews.com on 30 December 2017
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Six cities are to host the Tower of London Poppies in 2018, the last year of their UK tour marking the First World War Centenary.

Destinations for Wave and Weeping Window include Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of England's potteries, where many of the ceramic poppies were made.

Journey's end is at two Imperial War Museum sites - IWM London, the museum's historic Lambeth Road home, and IWM North in Manchester, the striking building designed by Daniel Libeskind to resemble a shattered globe.

The final display venues, announced by UK Secretary of State for Culture Karen Bradley, are: 

Hereford Cathedral

Weeping Window, 14 March – 29 April 2018

Fort Nelson, Portsmouth

Wave, 13 April – 24 June 2018

Carlisle Castle

Weeping Window, 23 May – 8 July 2018

Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

Weeping Window, 2 August – 16 September 2018

IWM North

Wave, 8 September – 25 November 2018

IWM London

Weeping Window, 6 October – 18 November 2018

'Wave' at Lincoln Castle in the summer of 2016 (Photo: Patrick Gregory)

With the end of the tour, Wave and Weeping Window will be presented to IWM's permanent collections by 14-18 NOW, Britain's First World War Centenary arts programme.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: "I am delighted that the poppies will be preserved for future generations to act as a lasting memorial not only to those who lost their lives during the war but also to highlight how the country came together to commemorate the Centenary."

Wave and Weeping Window were part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper for display at the Tower of London in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Since then, 14-18 NOW has taken them to 13 locations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, attracting more than three million visitors. 

'Wave' is currently at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial until November 19. 'Weeping Window' has just opened at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. For details see 14-18 NOW.

Also in Centenary News:

14-18 NOW opens global campaign to map Tower Poppies bought by the public.

'Making a New World' - IWM 2018 events marking final WW1 Centenary year. 


Source: 14-18 NOW

Images: Centenary News & Patrick Gregory

Posted by: CN Editorial Team