Derby City Council and 14-18 NOW are pleased to present Poppies: Weeping Window at the Silk Mill in Derby between 9 Jun and 23 Jul as part of the 14-18 NOW tour of the iconic poppy sculptures.
The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, will give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculpture in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. During the First World War, Derby Silk Mill was divided into two businesses one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort and scarce by 1916.
Derby as a whole played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft. As Derby Silk Mill: Museum of Making the museum now holds a great number of industrial and social history objects which help to tell the stories of Derby’s companies and its communities.
Weeping Window is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.
With thanks to all of the BID team, including Pauline Latham OBE MP, Derby City Council, Derby Museums Trust, Derby Cathedral, Marketing Derby, QUAD and the University of Derby.