“Lest we forget.” - Rudyard Kipling
As you most probably know, Stoke-on-Trent is synonymous with the pottery industry, spawning some of the most iconic names in the business, including Churchill, Steelite, Emma Bridgewater and of course, Wedgwood. And that's something to celebrate.
Now, as part of the ever-growing lineup of cultural events and activities happening in and around the area, Middleport Pottery is currently running ‘Weeping Window’, and you can experience it, subject to availability (it’s hugely popular), until 16th September 2018.
A cascade consisting of the several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from the heights of Middleport Pottery to the ground directly below, this dazzling, reflective and nostalgic arrangement, originally displayed at The Tower of London in 2014 to commemorate the British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the throes of the First World War, Weeping Window really is a must-see.
The iconic ceramic poppies that were originally featured at the Tower have essentially gone on a nationwide tour, and as Stoke-on-Trent is the proud home of pottery, Middleport has been selected as one of only 16 locations featuring a ‘Weeping Window’ across the country.
Not only does entry offer you access to this inspiring installation, but you can also explore Middleport Pottery in all its glory, enjoy a coffee by the Trent & Mersey canal and head into the Reflection Room to think about the valiant lives lost during the conflict, scribing down your personal notes of thanks for all to see.
Speaking to The Sentinel about 'Weeping Window, Middleport Pottery Director, John Lowther, said:
“We are delighted Middleport Pottery will be one of the last tour venues before Poppies: Weeping Window moves to its final presentation at the Imperial War Museum.
It’s an honour to have been chosen to host this poignant sculpture which has many connections to Stoke-on-Trent's social and industrial history. Middleport Pottery's Grade-II listed bottle oven, one of only 47 left in The Potteries, will provide a wonderful setting for visitors to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
If you get a chance to see the poppies, you won’t be disappointed, and you can get your free tickets here.
Oh, and if you’d like to know a little more about the mighty Middleport Pottery, as seen on TV's Great Pottery Throwdown, check out our Rockett Home Rentals Middleport mini guide.