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Poppies: Weeping Window is coming to Carlisle Castle

The iconic Weeping Window sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, will be installed for all to see at Carlisle Castle from 23 May - 8 July 2018.

Having been the headquarters of the Border Regiment throughout the First World War, the castle makes a fitting location to host Weeping Window as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW's UK-wide tour.

When better to experience this poppy sculpture than during the centenary of the end of the First World War?

What is Weeping Window?

Weeping Window is one of two sculptures from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, originally displayed at the Tower of London in 2014. The original artwork consisted of 888,246 poppies, one to commemorate every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

The two poppy sculptures being presented across the UK, have been saved for the national by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums. 14-18 NOW gives people across the UK a chance to experience the impact of the poppy sculptures in a range of places with links to the First World War.

Carlisle Castle

Where will the poppies be?

You'll see thousands of the ceramic poppies cascading from the top of the castle's keep. A sea of red will arch over the inner ward wall and flow down into the outer ward of the castle complex, in a breath-taking display.

In this location you'll also be able to view the dramatic sculpture of handmade poppies from beneath and inspect their artistry up close from below.

Connections to the First World War

Throughout the First World War, Carlisle Castle was the headquarters for the Border Regiment, one of the oldest regiments in the British Army. The castle also provided a HQ for the Volunteer Training Corps and accommodation for the Labour Corps during the war.

Much of the castle's outer ward was used for training the soldiers. Gravel was even laid on top of the grassed areas to expand the training space.

A total of 23,000 recruits passed through the castle during the First World War, with the war claiming 7,000 lives from the Border Regiment. The Regiment were brave and bold in spite of these tragedies, winning many Battle Honours including five Victoria Crosses.

Read the history

Carlisle Castle needs you

Love being part of a team? Are you a people person?  Enjoy heritage or just like being busy? We're looking for an army of volunteers to help out while the poppy sculpture is on display.


No previous experience needed - just an enthusiasm to be part of the next chapter in Carlisle Castle's history will be required. If you can spare a day or the full 47 days the extra pair of helping hands will be appreciated.

Find out more

Join us on social media

Follow our part in 14-18 Now's UK-wide tour of the poppy sculpture on Facebook and Twitter. And get involved by tagging #PoppiesTour.


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.


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