Poppies: Weeping Window
The iconic poppy sculpture opened on Saturday 25th March 2017 at Hull’s Maritime Museum.
The stunning ceramic poppies are part of an iconic sculpture named Poppies: Weeping Window, which will be on show on the outside of the Maritime Museum in Hull city centre, from 25 March to 14 May 2017.
After the success in Londons ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas Of Red, the touring Weeping Window is the first installation from artist Paul Cummins and Designer Tom Piper.
The famous Maritime Museum was specifically chosen to highlight the sacrifices made in the First World War by the Merchant Navy, and particularly the trawlermen of the Humber region, many of whom had served on trawlers requisitioned as minesweepers. The building was formerly the city’s Dock Offices, which survived the bombings of two world wars and bore witness to the mass recruitment of local men for the Hull Pals during the First World War.
The Hull Pals battalions fought in the battle, which took place near the village of Oppy in northern France. The battalion lost more men on that day than at any other time during the First World War, with over 200 soldiers losing their lives. The Hull Pals battalion was one of many military units formed across the UK in 1914, particularly in cities across northern Britain, created to bring together men who would be more willing to sign up if they could serve alongside their friends and relatives.
The Maritime Museum is one of the most iconic buildings in Hull’s city centre, with three great domes and maritime references inside and out, hinting at the building’s former use as the city’s Dock Offices – now offering a fitting tribute to Hull’s remarkable maritime past.