Poppies: Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle
The iconic Weeping Window sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, is on display for all to see at Carlisle Castle until 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.
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
Before your visit
- Admission to the castle is free from 23 May - 8 July 2018.
- The castle is open every day, 10am - 6pm.
- If you're driving, follow AA signs to find parking at the Devonshire Walk Car Park (CA3 8UL). Please note that there is no parking at the castle during this time.
- Blue Badge parking is available at the Devonshire Walk Car Park. The car park is a short, four minute walk (0.2 miles) from the castle.
- Dogs on leads are welcome to come along too.
- There's a marquee inside the castle grounds serving hot and cold drinks, along with snacks and light refreshments.
- You'll find an area for quiet contemplation within the castle if you'd like to reflect on your experience.
- We're currently experiencing very busy mornings at the castle. If you're looking to appreciate Weeping Window at a slightly quieter time, we would recommend coming along in the afternoon.
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.