Karen Sharpe

Tracing The Tower Of London Poppies

Who can forget the wonderful site of the 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies by the artist Paul Cummins filling the moat of the Tower of London and cascading down the walls and over the drawbridge area three years ago? Created to represent every British fatality during WWI and to remember the 100 years since the outbreak of war ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, grew daily, aided in a small way by many Blue Badge Tourist Guides who helped to plant some of the poppies. Each poppy was sold to raise money for service charities with the exception of a few flowers still touring the country. And a new project has been launched to track down every single poppy from the exhibit and ‘pin’ it on a map of the world at Where Are The Poppies Now. So if you’ve got one of these ceramic poppies, be sure to head to the website and map your poppy!

Tower of London_Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red Poppies. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. Tower of London – Blood Swept Lands & Sea of Red. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Tower of London - Blood Swept Lands & Sea of Red. Photo Credit: ©Ursula Petula Barzey. Tower of London – Blood Swept Lands & Sea of Red. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Karen Sharpe

I was born in London and have lived there for most of my life although I have now ‘decamped’ to what is known as the suburbs.
I have worked for an antiques removal/shipping company before joining the Metropolitan Police Force where I enjoyed a varied career for 14years. Since leaving I followed up…

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