Ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper (and a few friends) are currently filling the moat at the Tower of London with 888,246 ceramic poppies. As you may have guessed given the flower in question, that final number will represent British lives lost during the First World War.
The completion of the installation, titled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, will mark one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the war.
If the centenary of the First World War and 800,000+ ceramic poppies aren't enough to make you hop on the District line to Tower Hill, then why not have a look at the various events taking place as part of the Tower of London Remembers project? After all, you might learn something.
Curious connections... spies and us
14 October, 19.00 – 20.30
A panel including curator Sally Dixon-Smith and Richard Aldrich (a professor of international security and author of GCHQ) will speak on the role of spies throughout history. Whether you deem them heroes or villains, your knowledge of the snoops, sneakers and leakers will be nicely bolstered once you've experienced Spies and Us.
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Curious connections... war and friendship
27 October, 19.00 – 20.30
From the friends who enlisted in the Tower’s moat during the First World War to today’s soldiers who communicate with loved ones via Facebook, hear Thomas Dixon (500 Years of Friendship, BBC Radio 4), Michael Bond (New Scientist), and a Yeoman Warder discuss the stresses of maintaining relationships during war. This one includes a glass of wine, so if you're a lightweight you might make a few new friends yourself.
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War declared: the Tower and the First World War
Archive study day
1 November, 10.00 – 14.00
Spies were executed, Henry VIII’s armour was hidden in the basement, and friends were recruited at the Tower during the First World War. Join this unique chance to explore these events through diaries, letters, and objects of the people who lived and worked at the Tower, and the official and personal records of the of the Fusilier battalions. You'll be able to grab a cuppa, too.
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To book the above events, please visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/learning/adults/talks-workshops-events
After a hundred years, memories of the war are lost and stories begin to fade. With the centenary approaching, how can the current generation continue to remember the lives lost and celebrate the things they achieved? The Tower of London wants you to tell them how you’d like to remember, be it personally, with family or at the incredible memorials which honour those who died.
Join the conversation on Twitter #WhyRemember or complete our survey at http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/VisitUs/Topthingstoseeanddo/Poppies/Whyremember