Poppies in the Moat

A major artistic installation at the Tower of London, from August to November 2014, commemorated the centenary of the start of the First World War.

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ saw the Tower’s famous dry moat filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war - as a powerful visual commemoration of the Centenary.

Each poppy was available to buy for £25 each, with net proceeds shared equally amongst selected Service charities — The Royal British Legion, Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). 

All poppies were sold by late October, and were delivered to those who ordered them after the installation was dismantled. They proved extremely popular and the Legion received over £1.4 million as its share in the project.

The significance of the vital work that these charities provide is one we must not forget and is especially poignant as we mark the anniversary of the First World War and remember all those who lived and fought during this time. General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower

A glorious yet poignant tribute

Designed in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, the installation was unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years after the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War.

The poppies encircled the iconic landmark, creating a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, an inspiring setting for performance and learning activities, and a location for personal reflection and Remembrance. The scale of the installation reflected the magnitude of such an important centenary. More information about the project can be found at poppies.hrp.org.uk

displaying your poppy

We are pleased to announce a special partnership with leading contemporary furniture designer Hannah Dowding Furniture. Hannah has produced some special crafted items to help display your Tower of London ceramic poppies.

Ceramic Poppy HolderCeramic Poppy Holder
In keeping with the individuality of each Tower poppy Hannah poppy holders are also handmade, making them as individual as the poppies themselves. Stunning copper work and detailing is set against fabulous pieces of walnut and oak to provide a beautiful and unique way of displaying your ceramic poppy. Each holder is designed to be spaced off the wall to provide maximum room to display the striking poppy head. Complete with fixings on the back ready to mount. 

Approx size: 370mm (h) x 95mm (w)
Prices: Oak £39.75  Walnut £46.75

£3.75 from the sale of each poppy holder will go to support the work of The Royal British Legion

Certificate of Authenticity Display Stand
The copper work detailing is continued through from the poppy holder and the copper fixing can be adjusted to allow you to locate your certificate safely in place. A sheet of acetate is supplied to protect the certificate together with removable glue dots to help hold the certificate in place. The stand is handcrafted and can be wall mounted and is a beautiful accompaniment to the poppy holder.

Approx size: 225mm (l) x 185mm (h)
Prices: Oak £32.50  Walnut £38.50

£2.50 from the sale of each display stand will go to support the work of The Royal British Legion

If you are lucky enough to have received a Tower of London Poppy and would like these accessories, please order direct through www.hannahdowdingfurniture.co.uk

Touring poppy installations

Two major features of the installation, Weeping Window and Wave, are touring to locations around the UK until December 2018.

Weeping Window now cascades 55ft down the west end of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall until 12 June 2016 as part of the Jutland 100 commemorations. It will then go to the Black Watch Museum in Perth. 

Wave will be on display at Lincoln Castle from 28 May to 4 September 2016.

Visit the 14-18 website for more information.

remembering ww1 casualties

If you would like to commemorate one of the over 1 million Commonwealth Service men and women who were killed during the First World War, visit www.everymanremembered.org the Legion's First World War commemorative website.

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