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    Ceramic poppy sculpture commemorating Great War to visit Perth

    The Black Watch Museum has been announced as the only Scottish venue to host a hugely popular ceramic poppy sculpture commemorating the Great War in 2016.

    The installation attracted millions of people when first unveiled as part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower in London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War last year.

    Each of the 888,246 poppies in the exhibition by 14-18 NOW commemorated a fallen First World War soldier.

    It attracted more than four million people and at times forced the closure of the nearest underground station due to overcrowding.

    The Weeping Window and Wave elements of the sculpture, which show more than 10,000 poppies cascading down from a window and curling up and round to form an arch, will be installed at The Black Watch Museum and Castle in Perth from June 30 until September 25, 2016.

    Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW, said: "Weeping Window will be presented at the Black Watch Museum in Perth, which is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle.

    "The Black Watch is Scotland's premier Highland regiment. They fought with great distinction throughout the First World War, reputedly earning from the Germans the nickname the Ladies from Hell on account of their kilts and fighting qualities."

    The 2016 tour will take in Lincoln, Perth and Caernarfon in Wales.

    Last week the UK Government confirmed 2.5m funding to pay for the tour to visit a further 12 locations after the 2016 tour but the venues have not yet been confirmed.

    Liz Grant, Perth and Kinross provost, said: "I am delighted that The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been chosen as the only Scottish venue to host the spectacular Weeping Window sculpture in 2016.

    "The Black Watch Castle and Museum represents an important part of the history of Perth and Kinross, and links to the sacrifice which so many soldiers and their families made to protect our country.

    "I look forward to welcoming visitors to Perth next summer as they take the opportunity to view this significant piece of art and reflect on the brave men and women who we honour with pride."

    The sculpture will be free to view.

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    Tower of London poppies to be shown in Scotland at Black Watch Museum, Perth.

    The display of flowing ceramic poppies that adorned the Tower of London is to come to Scotland.

    The Wave and Weeping Window installations, which drew more than 5m visitors, are to be shown at the Black Watch Museum in Perth.

    Perth will be one of 12 locations across the UK to host the poppies, organised by 14-18 Now, to mark the First World War.

    The poppies, already shown in other locations in the UK such as Ashington in Northumberland, will be seen at Balhousie Castle, home of the Black Watch Museum.

    Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW, said: "The Black Watch is Scotland’s premier Highland regiment.

    "They fought with great distinction throughout the First World War, reputedly earning from the Germans the nickname ‘the Ladies from Hell’ on account of their kilts and fighting qualities."

    Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper.

    The installation was originally at Tower of London from August to November 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

    Weeping Window is the cascade of poppies that was seen pouring out of a high window down to the grassed moat below.

    Wave is a curling swathe of poppies which rose up to create an arch over the entrance to the Tower.

    The two sculptures, which together have over 10,000 poppies, have been saved for the nation by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums.

    The poppies will be on show in Perth from June 30 to September 25 next year.

    Anne Kinnes, chief executove of The Black Watch Castle and Museum, said: "We and the people of the city of Perth feel extremely privileged to be the first place in Scotland to be hosting the iconic Weeping Window.

    "The sculpture, which has become a national symbol of remembrance, will find a poignant home here at Balhousie Castle.
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    "50,000 men served with The Black Watch during the Great War, with nearly 9000 making the ultimate sacrifice.

    "The poppies will bring together people Perth and across Scotland in remembrance in this beautiful and relevant location.”

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    What a lovely place this would be to visit! I have only one ceramic poppy from the Tower of London and can't imagine what the display of flowing ceramic poppies would be like to see. Great for Perth I must say.
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    Please find attached information on an exciting new display which will be opening at Balhousie Castle on 30th June 2016.

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