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Tower of London poppies arrive at Lincoln Castle

Poppies at Tower of London Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Two sections of the Tower of London display - called the Wave and Weeping Window - are touring venues across the country

Thousands of ceramic poppies from the Tower of London are being delivered to Lincoln Castle where they will go on display.

The Wave, by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins, was previously installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of a national tour.

His full installation, named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, drew more than five million visitors in London.

Each poppy represented one death in the British forces, a total of 888,246.

Image caption It was unloaded at the castle gates and transported on a trailer due to the low height of the entrance
Image caption It is expected to take about a week to erect
Image caption Once complete, it will remain in place at Lincoln Castle from 28 May to 4 September 2016

Mr Cummins said it was daunting to see the artwork being moved, but was looking forward to seeing it in a new location.

He likened the process to putting together a giant Meccano set.

"I'm intrigued to what people are going to think and how it is going to be presented," he said.

"Everyone is different, and will have a different story, and reaction."

Image copyright Lincolnshire County Council
Image caption The castle, which was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, recently underwent a £22m renovation, which included the building of a new vault to house one of four original copies of the Magna Carta
Image copyright David McKenna
Image caption The Wave was previously on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Image copyright David McKenna
Image caption Wave and the Weeping Window are touring a number of venues around the UK
Image copyright David McKenna
Image caption They will be permanently homed at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester after the tour concludes

The Wave will be on show at Lincoln Castle from 28 May to 4 September 2016.

Another section of the poppy display - known as the cascade - or Weeping Window - will go on display at Black Watch Castle and Museum, in Perth, Scotland, from 30 June - 25 September - and at Caernarfon Castle from 12 October - 20 November 2016.


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

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  • The installation at the Tower of London included 888,246 ceramic poppies, with each representing each death in the British and Colonial forces between 1914 and 1918
  • It was created by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper. It was named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red after a line written by a soldier who died in Belgium
  • Wave and the Weeping Window, which together have more than 10,000 ceramic poppies, were bought for the nation last year by the charities Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation
  • A total of £9m was raised for six military service charities after most of the poppies, which were handmade in Derby, were sold to members of the public for £25 each
  • The poppies installations have been organised by 14-18 NOW, the organisation behind the arts and culture programme for the UK's official First World War Centenary celebrations

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