THE POPPIES TOUR, 2018 & Discussing Remembrance with Children

The installation of 888,246 poppies by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at the Tower of London in 2014, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Each poppy represented a British or Colonial life lost at the Front. We were lucky enough to view the poppies in situ with Bean when he was younger, and it was such a powerful and breathtaking experience. Even amongst the hundreds of people crowded around the Tower the atmosphere was peaceful, reflective and extremely moving. The original poppies were sold to people all over the world, raising millions of pounds which was shared equally amongst six service charities.

Since 2014, 14-18 NOW has commissioned over 325 artworks and experiences inspired by the period 1914-1918. You can find out more here.

The Poppies Tour, part of 14-18 NOW, has seen Weeping Window, a cascade of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, and Wave, a sweeping arch of poppies, both key elements of the installation at the Tower, visit various locations around the UK.

Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent was the last venue for Weeping Window before it moved to its final presentation at the Imperial War Museum in London where it can be viewed from 5th October – 18th November before becoming part of the museum’s collection. Wave’s final destination is the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, where it can be viewed until the 25th November.

Allison from meinmy40s was lucky enough to visit the poppies at Middleport and described it as a “stunning and moving sight.”

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Talking to Children About Remembrance

As a family we have many members of our family tree, on both my and my husband’s side, who fought in both World Wars. Bean, aged 7, is extremely proud of this fact, and his understanding of the sacrifice that so many people made for our freedom is remarkable. When we speak about it as a family we ensure to focus on respect, thankfulness, remembrance and peace, rather than death and fighting. The occasion of Remembrance Day is commemorated in most schools so it is important that our children have an understanding of the occasion, rather than worrying them or filling them with fear. Families Online have this fab article which may help you when discussing Remembrance and the significance of the poppies with your children.

Have you visited any of the poppy displays around the country? I would love to read your comments below.

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