Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers

An epic light and sound display at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

An epic light and sound display at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.


  • 04-11 November 2018

Ticketing information

The installation will be free to view from Tower Hill and the Tower concourse.

Early release £5 tickets for the Moat itself are now sold out.

Why not also enjoy the full Tower experience with a discounted Tower of London ticket, which offers entry to all other public areas of the Tower after 15:00? For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

As the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers will fill the moat with thousands of individual flames: a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen, honouring their sacrifice.

This new artistic tribute will run for eight nights, leading up to and including Armistice Day 2018.

A moving ritual

Beyond the Deepening Shadow is an evolving installation, which will unfold each evening over the course of four hours, between 17:00 and 21:00 each evening, with the Tower moat gradually illuminated by individual flames.

The unfolding visual spectacle will be accompanied by a specially-commissioned sound installation; a sonic exploration of the shifting tide of political alliances, friendship, love and loss in war.

At the centre of the sound installation lies a new choral work, with words from War Poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.

A powerful symbol of remembrance

Beyond the Deepening Shadow will begin with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Emerging from the fortress, the Yeoman Warders – themselves all distinguished former servicemen and women – will ceremonially light the first flame.

In a moving ritual, a select team of volunteers will then proceed to light the rest of the installation, gradually creating a circle of light, radiating from the Tower as a powerful symbol of remembrance.

Members of the public are invited to return to the Tower of London to see the installation evolve each night, and to join in this public act of commemoration.

The display will conclude at 21:00 every evening.

"They do not know that in this shadowed place It is your light they see upon my face."
Mary Borden

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Our supporters

Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers was commissioned with generous support from:

City of London Corporation
The Cadogan Charity
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust
Marsh Ltd
Bowers & Wilkins
The Fishmongers' Company
The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Trust
The Corporation of Trinity House
The Goldsmiths' Company
The Phillips and Rubens Charitable Trust
Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
The Ironmongers' Company
The J P Jacobs Charitable Trust
Worshipful Company of Fletchers


Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers
Commissioned and produced by Historic Royal Palaces
By Designer Tom Piper and Sound Artist Mira Calix

Designer: Tom Piper
Sound Artist: Mira Calix
Creative Director: Deborah Shaw
Lighting Designer: Phil Supple
Staging and Movement: Anna Morrissey
Flames and Mist Effect: Mike Jones

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