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14-18 NOW Weeping Window, Stoke-on-Trent

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Middleport Pottery

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Tickets for Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below.

Over the course of its time at the Tower of London, the sculpture was gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. In its original setting it captured the public imagination and was visited by over five million people.

The sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper was initially conceived as a key dramatic sculptural element in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the summer and autumn of 2014.

14-18 NOW is now presenting the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window at selected locations around the UK until 2018. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures across the UK brings the legacy of the First World War to life for new generations.

To find out more about the UK tour of the Poppies tour visit

Weeping Window is from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.


Poppies: Weeping Window in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is officially recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics and Middleport Pottery has been operating since 1889. During the First World War demand for the ceramics goods made in the area greatly increased. These included tableware for hospitals, homes and the military; propaganda-ware, including small ceramic tanks and battleships; plates with patriotic designs or messages on them; and ceramics to mark both the early stages of the war and the Armistice at the end.

The war also saw women taking on bigger roles in the pottery industry; with the men volunteering or being called-up, they came to the fore as decorators and designers, taking key roles from men and being recognised after the war as leading lights.

Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent is the last tour venue before Weeping Window moves to its final presentation at IWM London after which it will become part of the Imperial War Museums' collection.

Get your ticket to see Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport

To see Weeping Window at Middleport, you must have a ticket. Tickets are now available to book here.

To Book Your Ticket(s):

  • Select the date you would like to attend
  • Click on Register
  • Select the time you would like to arrive at Middleport Pottery*

*Eventbrite indicates tickets are for 10:00am, please note that there are half hourly slots available throughout the day between 10:00 and 16:00. Please select your time slot and check your ticket to confirm the time you are due to attend.

You will receive an email confirming your ticket order with your ticket attached. Please bring your tickets along with you to the event, either on your mobile device or printed.

As Middleport is located in a residential area, it is really important to plan ahead for your visit. We ask you to please familiarise yourself in advance of the best way to get to Middleport to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. There is no parking at Middleport Pottery, and there is a Permit Holder's Only Parking Zone within the streets around Middleport, so we have provided a car park for visitors (please see details below).

Please be aware that Middleport Pottery closes at 4pm. If you book a 3.30pm slot to visit Poppies: Weeping Window, you will have enough time to view the sculpture but your time to enjoy the other activities available at the site may be limited.

Travel to Venue

A car park is provided which is a 10 minute walk from Middleport Pottery. Please note there will be no parking available at the Middleport Pottery site and a residents only parking zone will be in operation in the streets surrounding Middleport Pottery. A shuttle bus will be provided from the event car park to help mobility impaired visitors get to the venue. The charges for the car park are £3 per car, £5 per mini bus and £8 per coach.

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Getting around at Middleport Pottery

Middleport is an historic site with cobbled and uneven walking surfaces. It is recommended that you wear sensible footwear.


Photos for personal use are allowed. Strictly no photography for commercial gain.

Drone Photography: Middleport Pottery is private land. All drone photography and/or filming is strictly prohibited.

Image credit: © Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces


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