Poppies a massive draw for visitors

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In just three weeks, an amazing 40,000 people have visited the iconic poppies sculpture Weeping Window at Woodhorn Museum – the very first venue for the work on a UK-wide tour organised by 14-18 NOW.

Wave (currently on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) 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.

Visitors have travelled from far and wide to see the poppies but, speaking about the success of the installation, Woodhorn’s Director Keith Merrin explained that he was particularly thrilled by the response of regional residents.

“The reason we wanted to bring the poppies installation to Woodhorn was because we believed that the people of the North East might not have had the chance to see the work at the Tower of London and would respond to its very direct placing within an iconic North East context. It is great to see that we were right and people have come out in their thousands to see it and really loved the way that we have presented it tumbling from the pit wheel.

“Although the museum has been busy, a great deal of planning and organisation has paid off with the site coping well and visitors flowing easily around the sculpture. We had a fantastic response to our call for volunteers and our thanks must go to a brilliant team who have not only helped to direct visitors, but who have added something special to the whole experience.

“Our staff and volunteers have had so many lovely comments from visitors who have been really moved by the experience.”

Weeping Window will be at Woodhorn until Sunday 1st November and is open every day 10am – 5pm.

The installation at Woodhorn has been made possible by the support of a host of local funders, partners and sponsors who came together at short notice to ensure that the sculpture could come to Northumberland including:

  • Northumberland County Council
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Trusts and Foundations
    • The Adderstone Fund (CF)
    • The Asian Fund (CF)
    • The Barbour Foundation
    • Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
    • The GS May Family Fund (CF)
    • The Hadrian Trust
    • The Linden Family Fund (CF)
    • The Lendrum Family Community First Fund (CF)
    • The Ridley Family Charity
    • The WA Handley Charity Trust
    • Vital Northumberland (CF)

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