Poppy Exhibition at the NMS

27th April 2018

If you haven’t heard about it there is a fantastic new exhibition entitled ‘The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance’ now on at the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle. The exhibition marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and tells the story of the origins of the poppy accumulating in its universal status as the symbol of remembrance.

Speaking in the Edinburgh Reporter, Patrick Watt, exhibition co-curator, said: “The First World War claimed many millions of lives.  Soldiers, sailors and airmen died overseas and were buried there, in many cases with no marked grave.  Without a body to bury, families could not observe normal funeral practices.  This, along with the sheer scale of the conflict, led to a new culture of grief, which was at once both national and personal and required symbolic representation. The poppy became that symbol, and gained an additional charitable function in the 1920s as their manufacture and sale became a way to raise funds for ex-servicemen and their families”.

Poppyscotland has been involved in the creation by donating exhibits and artifices from our headquarters and Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory. Through a variety of objects, photographs and interviews, the exhibition will explore the manufacture of poppies in Scotland, the charitable work of the poppy appeal and present a reflection on recent debates about what some regard as the politicisation of the poppy as a symbol.

Commissioned Image taken by Eamonn McGoldrick Tel: 07810 482491


The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance takes place from 30 March 2018 to 27 January 2019 National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle.