Tower of London poppy on display at county museum

Barbara West donates a ceramic poppy to Bucks County Museum - pictured here with visitor services manager David Erskine (blue shirt) - and Adrian Jackson, who was one of the volunteers at the Tower of London
Barbara West donates a ceramic poppy to Bucks County Museum - pictured here with visitor services manager David Erskine (blue shirt) - and Adrian Jackson, who was one of the volunteers at the Tower of London

A stunning ceramic poppy from the iconic display that filled the moat around the Tower of London is now on display at our county museum.

The poppy was donated by museum volunteer Barbara West who helped to prepare the Duty and Service exhibition commemorating the First World War, currently on display at the museum in Church Street.

Mrs West, from Edgcott, said: “Like everyone else, I was captivated by the pictures of the installation on television and in the national press.

“It was a simple idea but so effective and emotive and it caught everyone’s imagination.

“When I heard about the poppies I thought it would be wonderful if we could get one as it would fit so well with the way the exhibition at the museum is put together.

“And it would mean that people - most of us - who had not been able to get to London to see the installation would be able to see what one looked like.”

The poppy cost £25 and arrived in a box including a colour picture of the Tower of London display, a certificate and a booklet about how the idea came about. Allof these items are now in the museum exhibition, alongside items loaned from a Friend of the Museum, Adrian Jackson.

Mr Jackson was one of the volunteers who helped to plant and deinstall the poppies at the Tower of London.

He has loaned the regulation red tee shirt and badges that he wore during his work there.