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Tower of London poppies tour: Lincoln Castle named as venue

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Image caption Two sections of the Tower of London display - called the Wave and Weeping Window - are touring venues across the country

Thousands of ceramic poppies from the Tower of London display are to go on show at Lincoln Castle, it has been announced.

The tour will also include displays at The Black Watch Museum in Perth, Scotland and Caernarfon Castle, Wales.

Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins was behind the installation.

He was inspired to produce a poppy for every death in the British forces during World War One, a total of 888,246.

The installation at the Tower of London - which marked 100 years since the start of World War One - drew more than five million visitors.

Part of the display - known as the Wave - is currently on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

It is due to move to Lincoln Castle from 28 May to 4 September 2016.

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Image caption The castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century
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Image caption The Wave is currently on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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Image caption Wave and the Weeping Window are touring a number of venues around the UK
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Image caption They will be permanently homed at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester after the tour concludes

Mary Powell, spokesman for Lincoln Castle, said: "We don't know exactly where the poppies will be going … the designer came up a week ago and I think he has several ideas but he wants to have the sense of the poppies heading over the walls.

"It is important that they are positioned correctly so we are looking forward to working with him and artists to make sure that we get it absolutely right here."

She added: "It will be logistically really challenging … but the British Legion are keen to help us with the stewarding."

Earlier this year, Lincoln Castle underwent a £22m renovation, which included the building of a new vault to house one of four original copies of the Magna Carta.

Over the years, the castle has been the site of battles and sieges and has welcomed a host of royal visitors. In the Georgian and Victorian eras, the castle was used as a prison, and was the scene of numerous hangings.

Another section of the poppy display - known as the cascade - or Weeping Window - will go on display at Black Watch Castle and Museum, in Perth, Scotland, from 30 June - 25 September - and at Caernarfon Castle from 12 October - 20 November 2016.


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

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  • The installation at the Tower of London included 888,246 ceramic poppies, with each representing each death in the British and Colonial forces between 1914 and 1918
  • It was created by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper. It was named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red after a line written by a soldier who died in Belgium
  • Wave and the Weeping Window, which together have more than 10,000 ceramic poppies, were bought for the nation last year by the charities Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation
  • A total of £9m was raised for six military service charities after most of the poppies, which were handmade in Derby, were sold to members of the public for £25 each
  • The poppies installations have been organised by 14-18 NOW, the organisation behind the arts and culture programme for the UK's official First World War Centenary celebrations

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