A projection of poppies will transform a famous landmark as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary later this year.

On October 26 and 27 the Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Entry will be free and hopes to provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

The Dean of St Albans Cathedral says: “The Cathedral is an appropriate place to remember, and like Alban’s red rose, the poppies recall both the beauty and the blood of martyrdom. At the centenary of the close of the Great War, it is a powerful way to offer sorrow and thanks for the past and continuing self-sacrifice of so many for the sake of their fellow human beings.”

Created by Peter Walker, artistic director at Lichfield Cathedral, the installation will feature projections specially tailored to St Albans Cathedral. This will include names of soldiers from the area who have served in the armed forces and falling rose petals will be projected over the Shrine of Alban, Britain’s First Saint. A sound artwork composed by David Harper accompanies the installation and includes four readings of World War One poems by Oscar Winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.

Peter Walker says: “Art in its many forms allows us to individually and collectively experience and share emotive moments.

“Being 100 years on from the end of the First World War, Poppy Field is an opportunity to become immersed in sound and light and truly reflect and focus our thoughts. We are delighted to bring this installation to St Albans Cathedral, and look forward to welcoming everyone to experience the Cathedral seen in a new way.”

Poppy Field will be on display in St Albans Cathedral on October 26 and 27 from 7.30pm until 11pm.