Tower of London marks WW1 centenary with poppy installation

Date Posted: 20/02/2014

In a collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, an installation of ceramic poppies will be unveiled at the Tower of London on 5th August, 100 years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in World War One.

There will be a total of 888,246 poppies which will be planted in the tower’s moat – one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary. 

During World War One, the tower’s moat was used to swear in over 1,600 men who had enlisted by the end of August 1914 at the recruitment station in the city, to form the 10th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - the so called ‘stock brokers battalion’ who fought for the duration of the war.

A programme of events will accompany the installation which will remain until 11am on 11th November.

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