Hereford Cathedral is one of only four places to has been chosen to display the poppy installation Weeping Window in 2018. The poppies will be situated adjacent to the north porch, the main entrance to the cathedral, facing Church Street, cascading from the north transept.

Weeping Window is a cascade of thousands of handmade ceramic poppies which aims to educate, inspire and remind people about British and Colonial lives lost at the Front in the First World War and the sacrifices made. This poppy installation was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic elements of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which was created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at the Tower of London in 2014. Weeping Window is touring the UK, presented by 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War Centenary. Venues so far have included the Orkney Islands (marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland), Derby Silk Mill, Plymouth Naval Memorial and the Senedd in Cardiff.

It is anticipated that over 70,000 people will come to see Weeping Window; many of these will be schoolchildren who will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about the First World War and the impact on those who served and their families at home. There will be cultural heritage events and talks running during the time Weeping Window is at the cathedral. We will also be seeking volunteers to help the many visitors to make the most of their time when they come to see Weeping Window and hear more about the part played by the Armed Forces and the many unsung heroes of the Home Front during the First World War.

This is a remarkable accolade for the county and the cathedral, building on our already proud military history and current links with the armed forces. We have to meet the support and installation costs of this moving and unique memorial, which are £125,000. Will you make a donation to help with the costs?