Thousands Flock to see Poppies

More than 82,000 people have visited the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, during its first two weeks.

The Weeping Window ceramic poppies are part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display, by Bondholder Paul Cummins, which was originally on display at the Tower of London. 

The display has attracted visitors from around the globe, with visitors travelling from New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.

The display has also helped increase footfall in the city centre. 

Martin Langsdale, chair of Bondholder Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, said: "We are delighted that the poppies are located within the Cathedral Quarter and in particular on such an iconic building as the Silk Mill. The installation looks fantastic and the feedback we have received from businesses and visitors alike has been very positive."

he exhibition, created by Bondholder Paul Cummins Ceramics, was brought to the city following a bid from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby, Derby Museums Trust, Derby Quad, Derby Live and Pauline Latham MP.  

Derby Remembers

As part of the Derby Remembers programme, run in conjunction with the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, Bondholder QUAD has developed a digital trail. 

The free to download Derby Remembers Digital Trail is an app for smartphones and tablets designed to give a walking tour of the city centre, featuring eleven monuments and stories of Derby and its resident during the First World War. 

The Trail covers significant historical and cultural sites in Derby – including The Silk Mill, and Bondholders Déda, Derby CathedralDerby Museum & Art Gallery, QUAD and Royal Crown Derby.

To get the app for iOS devices on the App Store, click here.
To get the app for Android phones, click here.

Poppies Coming Home

Derby City Council and partners are pleased to announce that they will present Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.  The installation will be at The Silk Mill from 9 June to 23 July 2017.

The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, will 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.

During the First World War, Derby Silk Mill was divided into two businesses one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort and scarce by 1916. Derby as a whole played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft. As Derby Silk Mill: Museum of Making the museum now holds a great number of industrial and social history objects which help to tell the stories of Derby’s companies and its communities.

The poppies have captivated millions of people across the UK, and we are delighted to present Weeping Window at the Silk Mill in Derby in 2017 as part of the ongoing tour. Artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper have created two enormously powerful artworks of national significance that continue to inspire all who see them.
— Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW

Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said: “I’m delighted that Derby will be hosting this iconic sculpture at a site with such historic importance. Across the country we have seen the installation attract hundreds of thousands of people and now we can be proud that it is coming to Derby. I have to thank all of the team including Pauline Latham OBE MP who have helped put the bid together, so the Weeping Window can be displayed in the city where the artist Paul Cummins went to university.”

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Bondholder Derby Museums Trust, said:  “We are honoured to be hosting Weeping Window at Derby Silk Mill. Many of the poppies were made in Derby and it’s fitting that they will be shown here at the site of the world’s first factory.”  

Pauline Latham OBE MP, said: “This is a fantastic coup for Derby and the Silk Mill and will bring thousands of visitors to the City to experience the power of the Poppies for themselves."