Last year the Tower displayed the stunning installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red: 888,246 ceramic red poppies representing fallen British and colonial servicemen.
Built by William the Conqueror in 1078 on the north bank of the River Thames, this sprawling tower complex has been used as a palace, prison and fortress during its nearly 1,000-year history. These days, HM Tower of London is run by the charity Historic Royal Palaces as one of the capital’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions.
In 2014 Historic Royal Palaces commissioned a work of art for the Tower that was to become the defining public commemoration of the First World War centenary: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. This evolving installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies, which eventually filled the Tower’s 16-acre moat, was viewed by over five million visitors. Each poppy represented a British or colonial military life lost in the First World War, creating a powerful visual metaphor, both epic and personal. This exceptional public art project helped to place HM Tower of London at the forefront of innovation in the museum sector.
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Download or stream our free audio guide to HM Tower of London, provided by VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity that provides access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.London EC3N 4AB www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon Entry details Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £22) until 31 August 2015