Tower of London Remembers

4 Sep

In 1914 on the 4th of August, Britain entered the first world war. This means that it’s 100 years ago this year. During the first World War more British soldiers and civilians died than in any other conflict, to this day. During the war the Tower of London played an important role and was a place where a lot of the British soldiers was recruited. The Tower also acted as a military depot throughout the period of the war, storing munitions and weapons. To remember all the fallen, a major installment called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” are being set up at the Tower of London.

Recruits swearing in to join the Royal Fusiliers at the Tower of London on 29 August 1914, at the start of WW1
This is a picture from a recruiting session at the Tower in 1914.

A ceramic artist called Paul Cummings has created 888 246 ceramic poppies witch will progressively fill the Tower’s famous surroundings during the period between the 5th of August until the 11th of November. A great part of the Tower’s moat is already covered in ceramic flowers. Each of the 888 246 poppies are representing a British military fatality during the war. The first ceramic bloom puppy was placed by one of the Tower of London’s Yeoman Warders, better known as Beefeaters and the artist himself will symbolically be placing the last poppy on 11 November. Paul Cummings has commented on the project and said “I was inspired to create this installation after reading a living will by an unknown soldier who we think may have been from Derby.  I approached the Tower as the ideal setting as its strong military links seemed to resonate.”

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited the tower and planted their own ceramic poppy.

As you can see the moan at the Tower now looks like a field of flowers. It is possible to buy a puppy for about £25 and dedicate it to someone in your family who died during the war and become a part of the Tower of London Remembers project. A part of the money raised by selling these ceramic flowers will go to 6 different charities in the UK.

“The installation is transient, I found this poignant and reflective of human life, like those who lost their lives during First World War. I wanted to find a fitting way to remember them.” – Paul Cummings

If you want to learn more about The Tower of London Remembers project, check out this link:

One Response to “Tower of London Remembers”

  1. Ann S. Michaelsen 15/12/2014 at 14:57 #

    Great post! Very touching story! They really sold a lot of poppies!

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