Volunteers wanted to look after poppy sculpture

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VOLUNTEERS who will help to care for ceramic poppy sculpture Wave are wanted at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson.

The sculpture will be presented at as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies. It will be at Fort Nelson from April 13 to June 24.

14-18 NOW is the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and gives people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance.

Caroline Oswald, poppies volunteer co-ordinator, said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to support the presentation of Wave before it becomes part of the permanent collections at Imperial War Museums.

‘We hope to build a team of friendly, outgoing volunteers to deliver excellent visitor experience to those coming to see this powerful sculpture.

‘The poppies have captured the public imagination on a national and international scale, and the presentation at Fort Nelson offers volunteers a once in a lifetime chance to be part of this project in a place of special resonance with the First World War.’

The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August–November 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed – one for every British or Colonial life lost at the front during the First World War.

Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of more than 11,000 poppies.

Training and support will be offered for all of the volunteer roles. They will form a key part of the on-site team, with roles primarily based outdoors and welcoming visitors, and can volunteer for any amount of time.

Call 01329 848516 or e-mail volunteering@armouries.org.uk to find out more.