Valerie Manor Remembers

You may have heard about the major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat through the summer and into November. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.

The poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.

Each hand-made poppy planted in the moat is available to buy, with the proceeds shared equally amongst six service charities. We are very proud to announce that Valerie Manor has ordered 23 of the poppies from this major event, one for each resident, and the poppies will be displayed in our own installation in the grounds of Valerie Manor. We have been able to do this after receiving a kind donation to the home. We will most likely receive the poppies during January or February 2015 but in the meantime we would welcome any thoughts or suggestions as to how we might display the poppies, bearing in mind they are ceramic and would need protection from weather effects and animals.

We’ll keep you updated with our own and any ideas we might receive.