Carlisle Castle Volunteering

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English Heritage is pleased to announce that it will present Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Carlisle Castle from 23 May to 8 July 2018 as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW's UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies sculptures.

Poppies Weeping Window Paul Cummins Artist and Tom Piper Designer

The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. The tour has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Backstage Trust, the Clore Duffield Foundation and the National Lottery.

Throughout the First World War, Carlisle Castle was the headquarters for the Border Regiment, one of the oldest in the British Army. The poppy sculpture will be displayed from the top of the keep, arching over the inner ward wall and cascading down into the outer ward of the castle complex, an area which incorporates the military barracks and parade ground where troops were housed and trained in preparation for front-line combat in the First World War. A total of 23,000 recruits passed through the castle during the war.

Weeping Window Poppies Image


We would really like to encourage the local community to come together whilst this poignant sculpture is at Carlisle Castle.

It's early days in our planning but we anticipate that as well as needing a few extra pairs of hands whilst the Poppies are on display, there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved in helping us make sure Carlisle Castle is ready too.

If you're an individual who would be interested in sparing a few hours to help, or if you represent a community organisation who might like to get involved please email with your contact details.


Carlisle Castle, Castle Way, Carlisle, CA3 8UR


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