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Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red Exhibition

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To commemorate those who served during World War One, ceramic artist, Paul Cummins has created poignant installation at The Tower of London. A field of 888,246 ceramic poppies are currently being planted, each one representing a British military fatality during the war. It is designed to show the scale of the deaths on a visual level that cannot be conveyed by just stating a number. All the poppies are to have been planted by the 11th November, after which, the public will be able to buy one for 25. The money raised will go towards six service charities, including Cobseo, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, and The Royal British Legion.

The installation is titled Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red, after a line from a poem by an anonymous World Ward One soldier.

Every night at sunset, the name of a fallen Commonwealth soldier will be read out. You can make your own nomination of whose name you would like on the roll of honour.

To coincide with the installation, The Flint Tower Exhibition feature photographs and films from 1914, showing how the Tower was used for recruitment and training of soldiers. There will also be historical re-enactments, and various over activities, such as talks and study days.
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Why? Pay respect to those who served in war
When: Until 11th Nov
Phone: 0303 770 1914
Where: Tower of London
Cost: 25 to buy a poppy
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