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Poppies: Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle

Published on 22 May 2018

Poppies: Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle

The opportunity to see the Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Carlisle Castle will be available between Wednesday 23 May and Sunday 8 July 2018 as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. This the first and only time the sculpture will visit Cumbria.

The Castle will be open every day during this period between 10am and 6pm.

Admission to the Castle is free, however there is an additional charge if visitors wish to visit Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life - which is staging a Remembrance 100 exhibition (EH members will be admitted free).

The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. The tour has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Backstage Trust, the Clore Duffield Foundation and the National Lottery.

Throughout the First World War, Carlisle Castle was the headquarters for the Border Regiment, one of the oldest in the British Army.  The poppy sculpture will be displayed from the top of the keep, arching over the inner ward wall and cascading down into the outer ward of the castle complex, an area which incorporates the military barracks and parade ground where troops were housed and trained in preparation for front-line combat in the First World War. A total of 23,000 recruits passed through the castle during the war.

Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red - poppies and original concept 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 for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of over 11,000 poppies. At the end of the tour they will become part of the permanent collections at the Imperial War Museums.

More information about the installation is available at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/carlisle-castle/poppies-weeping-window-at-carlisle-castle/

Photo credit: 14-18 NOW Poppies_Tower of London - Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces

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