Poppies: Weeping Window unveiled at Silk Mill Museum

Weeping Window at Silk Mill Museum Derby by Peter DarringtonThousands of poppies are now cascading from the Silk Mill Museum tower in Derby as the Poppies: Weeping Window installation was unveiled today (8 June 2017).

Poppies: Weeping Window is in Derby until 23 July and is part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibition which began in 2014 at HM Tower of London and commemorates WWI, with each poppy representing a fallen soldier. The display is on nationwide tour and will move to Cardiff from Derby.

At the Silk Mill thousands of the ceramic poppies flow from the top of the iconic tower, onto the ground below. Scarlet corn poppies grow in disturbed earth and were one of the only flowers to bloom following the devastation of Northern France and Flanders in the Great War. John McCrae memorialised the fallen with the image of the poppy in his poem In Flanders Field and the flower is now commonly used to represent the sacrifice of those who give their lives in battle.

The concept for the original display was created by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins, a University of Derby graduate originally from Chesterfield. He originally came up with the idea in 2012 and more than 400,000 ceramic poppies were made by a 400-strong team in Derby, with the rest made in London and sent back to the city to be glazed. The installation at HM Tower of London, designed by Tom Piper, attracted more than 5 million visitors and when the nationwide tour concludes in 2018 a permanent exhibition will be displayed at the Imperial War Museums in Manchester and London.

The installation is part of a city-wide festival, Derby Remembers, looking at the role Derby people played in the First World War.

The Silk Mill Museum is open 10am-5pm every day while Weeping Window is in place to (10am-8pm on Thursdays) and Poppies: Weeping Window is viewable from outside when the museum is closed.

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Image: Peter Darrington.

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