Poppies set to go on show in Northumberland

Coun Dave Ledger, Coun Grant Davey and Keith Merrin, drector of Woodhorn Museum
Coun Dave Ledger, Coun Grant Davey and Keith Merrin, drector of Woodhorn Museum

An iconic poppies sculpture that appeared at the Tower of London last year is opening in Northumberland this weekend.

The Weeping Window sculpture installation is heading for Woodhorn Museum in Ashington this week, as the first venue in the world to host the artwork outside London.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 12, and runs until Sunday, November 1, and the leader and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council have visited Woodhorn Museum to see it taking shape.

The installation which features 5,000 handmade ceramic poppies, has been supported by a partnership including Northumberland County Council.

Originally hosted by the Tower of London from August to November 2014, the cascade was one element of the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,’ which marked 100 years since World War One.

Woodhorn Museum will be the first venue outside of London to host Weeping Window as part of a national tour organised by 14-18 NOW.

Council leader Grant Davey said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Weeping Window to its first stop here at Woodhorn.

“After its tremendous success in London, the sculpture is recognised internationally as a symbol of British history and culture, which will continue to attract interest from all over the globe.”

Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com/poppies