Some thoughts on Weeping Window at the Imperial War Museum

In 2014 to celebrate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Tower of London played host to an installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which comprised of nearly 900,000 red ceramic poppies each representing a British and colonial soldier who died while serving at the front. Conceived by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, the installation attracted some 5 million visitors during its three month run.

Over the next three years, the installation undertook a nationwide tour and now with the centenary of the Armistice drawing near, the poppies are now currently on display at the Imperial War Museum in London under the name Weeping Window, where a cascade of poppies can be seen pouring from above to down below. I went to view the installation over this weekend and I have to say that time has not lessened their impact.

As the centenary of the First World War draws to a close, the poppies recall not only the sacrifice of those who fought, both men and women, but those they left behind; whose sacrifice was not blood and pain but tears of grief and pain for loved ones and lives changed forever.


Weeping Window is currently on at the Imperial War Museum London until 18 November 2018. For more information please visit:

The blogger visited the installation on 20 October 2018. Photos were taken by blogger.


2 thoughts on “Some thoughts on Weeping Window at the Imperial War Museum

  1. After the Tower of London exhibition, my wife ordered one of the poppies used there, to support the charitable cause. It arrived in a lovely box, and has pride of place on a window-ledge, with the rusted spike from where it was in the ground still visible.
    Great to see this installation at the IWM, especially as I no longer live close enough to visit. Thanks, for that.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. You’re welcome. I believe the displays on the IWM are the ones acquired by the museum for the nation. I’m also glad you have your own poppy, my husband and I also wanted to acquire one but we didn’t have the space to display it sadly.

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