The Imperial War Museum offers some touching poppy keepsakes to remember the fallen as we commemorate the end of World War One
The poppy, a symbol of sacrifice made by millions in the First World War and since, continues to represent remembrance and hope. This autumn will be witness to a remarkable moment in history, 100 years since the end of conflict in the First World War.
To mark the centenary, the Imperial War Museums Shop is offering a host of symbolic designs within the Remembrance collection inspired by the First World War and the iconic poppy. The products are keepsakes of the way war has impacted our world, and are items that be can be purchased to show support and solidarity.
New to the collection is the powerful poppy design featuring imagery from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. It was a collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and Paul Cummins and staged at HM Tower of London in 2014 to mark the beginning of the Centenary of the First World War. In total 888,246 ceramic poppies filled the Tower’s famous moat attracting over 5 million visitors, each poppy representing a British or Colonial life lost at the front during the war.
Since 2014, 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, has toured two sculptures from the original artwork across the UK. Wave and Weeping Window will finish their journey at IWM this autumn and afterwards become part of IWM’s collection. Wave will be presented at IWM North from 8 September – 25 November 2018 and Weeping Window will be at IWM London from 5 October until 18 November 2018.
This official range has been produced in partnership with the artist Paul Cummins MBE, Halcyon Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces, 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums.
IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War. Every purchase from the IWM shop helps support the work of the museum, ensuring that these stories are kept for future generations.
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