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Exhibition - The Poppy Story - Remembrance Icon
A special exhibition at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum from 1st October 2011 to 31st January 2012.This year is the 90th Anniversary of The Poppy Appeal and more than 40 million poppies will be produced with an aim of raising more than £35 million for the Royal British Legion.
Every single paper poppy sold in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will have come through the Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey. 42 staff, largely made up of injured ex-Servicemen and women or disabled dependents of Armed Forces' personnel, work year round in readiness for the annual appeal.
The poppies start out as 100 gram colour-fast red paper before being fed into a converting machine and being punched out into the iconic flowers. The machine produces 2,500 petals per minute!
Boxes of 10,000 petals, green stems, black buttons and green leaves are sent out to 50 home workers who assemble the poppy.
The Poppy Factory was founded by Major George Howson in 1922 and with rapidly increasing production a bigger factory was required and the operation moved to its current location in 1925.
As well as individual poppies more than 110,000 poppy wreaths are produced for distribution around the world.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Admission Free.
With thanks to 'Soldier' Magazine of the British Army. Photos by Greame Main/Soldier/Crown Copyright.
Only a proportion of our collections are on display at anyone time. Certain items are on loan for display in other institutions. An appointment is required to consult any of our collections which are held in store.
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