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Poppies in the Moat

HRP-Tower London -WW1-LogoFrom 5 August 2014 to 11 November 2014, a major artistic installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' saw the Tower of London's famous dry moat filled with over 800,000 ceramic poppies, creating a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The ceramic poppies were on sale for £25 each with net proceeds, hoped to be in excess of £9.5 million, being shared equally amongst a group of carefully 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 the installation has now been dismantled, with poppies being delivered to those who ordered them. Information about the delivery of poppies and whether more may become available for sale can be found at poppies.hrp.org.uk

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

The installation, in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, 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, a symbol of Remembrance in the UK, encircled the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for performance and learning activities, and a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflected the magnitude of such an important centenary.

Tower Poppies

888,246 poppies were installed, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war.

Two major features of the installation, the Weeping Window and Wave, will travel to a number of locations around the UK from 2015.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website for more information.

Ceramic poppy accessories

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

Ceramic Poppy stand by Hannah DowdingCeramic Poppy Holder
Each ceramic poppy displayed at the Tower of London was handcrafted and represented a unique individual. In keeping with this Hannah Dowding's poppy holders are 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 hand crafted poppy 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

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