Tower of Lon­don poppy comes to bloom in Ayles­bury

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES - WILL PHILLIPS SO­CIAL HIS­TORY OF­FI­CER

First World War.

The poppy was gen­er­ously do­nated to the mu­seum by a lo­cal res­i­dent, who pur­chased it af­ter vis­it­ing the Tower of Lon­don to see the spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of 888,246 hand-made ce­ramic pop­pies – one for each Bri­tish or Colo­nial mil­i­tary fa­tal­ity dur­ing the First World War.

The in­stal­la­tion was the idea of artists Paul Cum­mins and Tom Piper. Paul worked with three teams of vol­un­teers from Derby, Stoke-onTrent and Ayles­bury to make the pop­pies.

As they pro­gres­sively filled the Tower of Lon­don’s fa­mous moat hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple from all over the world vis­ited to watch the sea of red grow.

This poppy is on dis­play now at Bucks County Mu­seum in Ayles­bury, as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion Duty & Ser­vice: Bucks Lives in the Great War.

En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion is free. Please tele­phone 01296 331441 or visit our web­site at www. buckscoun­ty­mu­seum.org for more de­tails.

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