Thousands visit Weeping Window poppy sculpture


More than 122,000 people went to Middleport Pottery to visit the Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture.

The handmade ceramic poppy display was there for a six week period as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies which commemorates soldiers who died in the First World War.

The number of visitors smashed the 49,000 visitor estimate that was initially set for Weeping Window in the city.

And the sculpture even attracted international visitors coming from Dubai, Istanbul, Zurich, Auckland and Athens.

More than 300 people volunteered and gave their time to support the exhibition as well as volunteers for the Canal and Rivers Trust.

Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery. Image by  Bethan Shuff

Cllr Abi Brown, deputy leader for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and chair of the steering group for bringing Weeping Window to the city, said: “These final figures show what a massive success the artwork has been in the city.

“It really does demonstrate that Stoke-on-Trent can not only have aspirations to host UK-significant artworks but also how we can work together to put the city on the map.

“My thanks also extend to all the other groups, organisations and individuals that have given their time to help make the summer of activity happen in the city.  It’s testimony to everyone involved.”

Clare Wood, director of both United Kingdom Historic Building preservation Trust and  Middleport Pottery, said: “The response to Weeping Window has been hugely positive.

“Much of the feedback highlighted how well the event was organised, the friendly welcome people received and a sense of elevated pride and ambition for the city.

“This has been a wonderfully successful partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and 14-18 NOW, which we are proud to have been part of.

“The team at Middleport Pottery, including our dedicated volunteers, have truly made this installation an unforgettable experience for thousands of visitors.”




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