Northumberland museum to host iconic poppy sculpture

The poppy display of Weeping Window at London which is coming to Woodhorn Museum
The poppy display of Weeping Window at London which is coming to Woodhorn Museum

A Northumberland museum has announced it will be displaying an iconic poppy sculpture as part of a UK-wide tour in September.

Woodhorn Museum will be hosting the Weeping Window as part of a tour of the iconic poppies sculpture, organised by 14-18 NOW, from mid-September to mid-October 2015..

Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept created by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.

The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

Woodhorn Director Keith Merrin expressed his pride that the Ashington museum will be the first venue anywhere in the world to host Weeping Window outside London.

He said: “Woodhorn is renowned for both reflecting the stories of the communities of North East England and its deep commitment to bringing the best art and cultural experiences to those communities. We are extremely honoured to have been chosen to show Weeping Window which is an amazing piece of art and very poignant in the subject that it represents. Over 2,000 men from Woodhorn Colliery alone served in World War One and many thousands more from across the region fought and died 100 years ago.

“We know that the Tower of London became a place where people could come and honour the memories of the fallen and we expect that people from throughout the North East region and farther afield will want to come to Woodhorn to do the same. The poppies will look incredible against the industrial backdrop of our historic coal mining structures and provide an opportunity for our local communities, who may not have had the chance to see them in London, to see them at first hand.”

The two poppy sculptures being present across the UK, together totalling over 10,000 poppies, have been saved for the nation by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums. Financial support for the presentations has been received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and fund-raising for the presentations is ongoing.

Staff at Woodhorn are working on plans to manage what are expected to be large numbers of people who want to visit the artwork, and they will be announcing opening times and visitor information in the coming weeks.

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