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A few years ago the Tower wowed London with their display of ceramic poppies inside the moat, but this one promises to be even better, because this year they are lighting thousands of individual flames.
Beyond the Deepening Shadow will mark the centenary of the end of World War I with a moving display that will evolve and grow each night until the 11th November.
Between the hours of 5 PM and 9 PM each evening the moat will gradually fill with flames alongside a specially-commissioned soundscape and brand-new choral work that uses words from Mary Borden's Sonnets to a Soldier.
The event will begin when a procession of Yeoman Warders emerge from the Tower of London to light the first flame. A pre-selected team of volunteers will then proceed to light the rest of the flames, increasing the size of the circle each night to create a powerful symbol of remembrance.
Members of the public can watch the installation evolve each night, and join in the public acts of commemoration.
Note: You will need a ticket to get inside the moat itself, but you can view the flames for free from the surrounding concourse. The flames will only be lit between the hours of 5 PM and 9 PM.
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Twilight Tour at the Tower of London – 18 Nov 2018 to 14 Apr 2019 (Sun only) – See the Tower of London after dark, and be led around the grounds by a Yeoman Warder as he tells you all the stories
Outdoor ice rink in the Tower of London’s moat – 23 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Tower of London's outdoor ice rink is back again for another year in the dry moat outside the castle walls.
Carols by Candlelight at the Tower of London – 8 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a Christmas carol concert inside the candlelit Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Renewal — Life After The First World War – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I.
I Was There — Room Of Voices – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Hear the personal stories of the soldiers, civilians and children who lived through the Armistice at the end of World War I
Mimesis — African Soldier – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Look for more military events during November
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Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans