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The below is a resume of a recent meeting organised by the Council which I thought you would be interested in .

Weeping Window - Hereford Cathedral 2018

About the weeping window: This breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. It will be open to the public from the 14th March 2018 to the 29th April 2018.

Why Hereford Cathedral:

Herefordshire WW1 story is different from the other locations; focus on Home Front.
Geographical location as first time in the West Mids.
Home of the Mappa Mundi.
Quality of bid.

Benefits for Herefordshire:
Increased visitor numbers; this is a unique opportunity.
People will have learnt about our WW1 heritage.
Events programme including working with schools and community.
Volunteering opportunities, leading to ongoing volunteering.
Plan to signpost visitors to other sites such as the Museum & Library, All Saints, Black and White House Museum and Town Hall.
We want to spread the benefits!

Project Costs: The project is going to cost at least £120,000 and includes the following roles and items.

Events Manager
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Volunteer equipment & expenses
Additional toilets
Leaflets, posters & banners
Fork lift & Cherry Picker for install
Art Handlers for install
Home Front themed events programme
Schools learning programme
Closing celebration event

How can you help? We have secured a total contribution of £60,000 towards the projects costs so far, but are still looking for:
Cash donations
Sponsorship of items on the list
Marketing & Publicity
To discuss a donation, sponsorship opportunity or another contribution please call Clare Wichbold on 01432 374214 or email poppies@herefordcathedral.org

Alternatively, you can contact Kevin Ebsworth, our Event Manager on 07772 391918.

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I am sure that many people will come to Hereford to see this, and that it will be a big success.


However, what about all the assets we already have in Herefordshire that we don't  make the most of to attract visitors?


I have heard that from April 2018 the whole budget for the museum service (covering the Museum and Art Gallery, the Museum Resources and Learning Centre and the Black and White House will be reduced to only £67,000 a year.


So spending £120,000 on this single event seems a bit of a smack in the teeth for all those struggling to provide any sort of service for Herefordshire, not only in museums, but in our libraries and archives too.

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I should have added I hope they do not charge silly money to view it and Cloudberry I do agree with your comments we take so much for granted and without the volunteers who do so much I cannot imagine what this country would look like!

Denise , I emailed the Event Organiser , Kevin Ebsworth ,( Kevin is the SSAFA County Treasurer ) he advised me that its going to be totally free with no collecting tins etc.

He added that he would be very happy to receive donations however small or large !

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As well as the Poppies Weeping Window ( As Aylestone Voice said it will be open to all , no appointment necessary ) there will be other Events being held in the area , Black and White House, All Saints Church , Museum and I think the Town Hall .

There  will be a number of volunteer Meeters and Greeters scattered around the City Centre to help and guide visitors around the area plus other volunteers doing allocated roles - in the area of the Poppies , catering , coach park attendant etc etc.

As a Volunteer I am really looking forward to the 6 weeks , certainly a lot of hard work is going on behind the scene to ensure that residents and visitors go away with a very good feeling .

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The " builders " have started to set up the Poppies Weeping Window at the Cathedral today . It is being set up so that if you walk up Church Walk towards the Cathedral you will have a very good view of the poppies streaming down from the roof of the Cathedral. 

I really hope that it's a success because I am aware of all the work / preparation that has been going on over the last few months - it give the City chance to stand proud and say "That was a job well done " .

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From Herefordshire CC press release 


HRH The Countess of Wessex is visiting Hereford on Wednesday 25 April to experience the iconic Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, and the county’s Home Front Herefordshire campaign.

The visit starts at Hereford Cathedral at 11am, where the Countess of Wessex will meet Weeping Window artist Paul Cummins and 14-18 NOW Executive Producer Nigel Hinds, before viewing the sculpture, which is in Hereford as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies.

The Countess of Wessex will then meet former World War II munitions workers from the Rotherwas Munitions Factory, before being joined by the Dean of Hereford, the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, to view the Ascension SAS memorial window inside the cathedral.

The Royal party will also visit Hereford Museum and Art Gallery to experience the Herefordshire in the Great War exhibition and meet local school children who took part in the Herefordshire Schools Remembering WWI arts and writing competition.  The exhibitions form part of the Home Front Herefordshire campaign, which commemorates the county’s significant contribution to the war effort during the First World War.

Poppies: Weeping Window and the Home Front Herefordshire campaign run until Sunday 29 April, so there’s still plenty of time to visit and join over 91,000 people who have already experienced the artwork, from Cardiff and Shoreditch to Manchester and even Canada!

To find out more, visit www.herefordcathedral2018.org.

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Well done to all the team that worked from late 2017  to ensure that the Poppies  Weeping Window was a great success . The Team including the volunteers that stood out in the cold , rain , snow to ensure that the visitors left with a very good feeling of the Poppies , the City plus of course the Cathedral should be so proud of themselves .Super result well done .


Over 196,000 people visited Poppies: Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, when it was displayed at Hereford Cathedral between 14 March and 29 April.

The sculpture came to Hereford Cathedral as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window, which have been seen by over 3.75 million people to date.  The artwork is carefully being removed from the cathedral and will shortly be presented at Carlisle Castle from 23 May to 8 July.

Councillor David Harlow, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet member for Economy and Communications, said:

“It’s sad to see Weeping Window leave, as it’s been a wonderful addition to the county, but we’re delighted that nearly 200,000 people have visited the city and experienced the artwork.  It was a pleasure to work in partnership with Hereford Cathedral to bring such an iconic and unique sculpture to Herefordshire. 

“It’s difficult to assess the exact impact Weeping Window has had on our economy, but we know a number of local businesses have reported a significant increase in trade, some as much as 25%.  I believe our local economy will continue to thrive, as more people visit and move to the county to enjoy our beautiful city, market towns and countryside; Herefordshire really does have so much to offer.” 

The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford, said:

“The presence of Poppies: Weeping Window was an event of great significance to the cathedral and we were privileged to host it.  Many thousands came to visit, young and old, from all over the country.  Their reactions were as varied as the locations they travelled from, but a common experience seems to be one of remembrance, thanksgiving, regret and beauty and our wonderful volunteers (who were present in all weathers) engaged in many deep and profound conversations with our visitors. 

“For us at the cathedral, the artwork appeared as an ‘extension’ of the building itself.  It helped to bring so many elements of the Christian faith we experience inside the cathedral, those of love, faithfulness, peace, justice and hospitality, outside into Cathedral Close.  It was a wonderful partnership between cathedral, council, 14-18 NOW and our generous supporters and volunteers.  I believe what we have experienced as a community in the last six weeks’, will live on in the lives of all who were part of this great and moving event.  I’d like to express my warmest thanks to all.”

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said:

“We are delighted that over 195,000 people experienced artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper’s powerful artwork at Hereford Cathedral.  Wave and Weeping Window continue to inspire all who see them and give visitors the chance to reflect on the impact of the First World War.”

Weeping Window is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.  The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.  Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of over 11,000 poppies.

To find out more about Poppies: Weeping Window at Hereford Cathedral, visit www.herefordcathedral2018.org or for more information on the 2018 tour, visit www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/poppies. 

Photo credit: 14-18 NOW Poppies: Weeping Window, Hereford Cathedral © Matt Cardy, Getty Images  

Published: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018


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