Poppies: Weeping Window by Paul Cummins Artist & Tom Piper Designer

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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.

An alternative to city centre parking is to use the Park and Ride service:

  • Pride Park - off the A52 and A6, next to Derby County football stadium. Regular buses run every 10 to 15 minutes, from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Pride Park and Ride operates between 7am and 1pm on Saturdays when Derby County are playing at home.
  • The Meteor Centre - off the A608 Mansfield Road. Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 6pm, every 15 minutes. Saturday - 8.30am to 6pm, every 10 minutes


Derby Silk Mill - Museum of Making UNESCO World Heritage Site
Silk Mill Lane Derby DE1 3AF

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Poppies: Weeping Window in Derby

At Derby Silk Mill between 9 June and 23 July 2017

Poppies: Weeping Window Derby Homecoming

Featuring the curators Paul Cummins MBE & Tom Piper

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