Photography for Historic Royal Palaces - Superbloom at The Tower of London

October 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, Historic Royal Palaces created Superbloom, a stunning display of flower blooms in the moat at The Tower of London. Over 20 million seeds from carefully designed seed mixes were sown in the spring, to bloom into a dramatic display of colours and patterns that visitors could wander through along a weaving path. At the same time, schools across the nation planted the same seed mix in their own gardens, so communities could enjoy creating and experiencing new biodiverse habitats to attract wildlife and be in harmony with The Tower. I wrote before about photographing a day of workshops with teachers whose schools will be taking part in the project, and it was such a joy to be commissioned to photograph some of the celebration days where the schools came from across the UK to visit Superbloom.

 

Photograph of the Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing colourful flowers in front of the Tower of London (which is to the left of the frame), with school children and a Beefeater to the right of the frame, looking at the flowers, and crowds of people and shiny skyscrapers in the background.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

 

There was such excitement as for many of the children this was their first ever school trip, due to the pandemic, and their first visits to London. They had a surprise performance of a song written and performed specially for them, were presented with plaques to display in their gardens, goody bags full of exciting souvenirs and explored Superbloom and the Tower grounds thanks to Historic Royal Palaces.

 

I've shared a few images below and encourage you to visit the Superbloom website find out more about Superbloom and their plans to continue the legacy - it's fantastic to hear that the blooms will continue in years to come!

 

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing a man performing on a small stage in front of schoolchildren sitting on the wooden floor, in a large room with wooden beams and pillars.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing children looking into paper goody bags and looking impressed with the gifts inside.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing two children coming down a metal slide in the centre of the image, with city buildings in the background, plants and flowers in the foreground and some people waiting at the bottom taking photographs.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing three schoolchildren smiling and screaming riding down a metal slide in hessian sacks, with flowers either side.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing schoolchildren looking at flowers in the moat, with the Tower of London to the left of the frame.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing school children listening to an actor in role as Sir Walter Raleigh to the right of the frame.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing schoolchildren walking along the path with plants either side, city buildings in the background and a piece of willow installation visible to the left of the frame.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing children walking through densely planted plants and flowers.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing schoolchildren and teachers walking away from the camera through flowers, with Tower Bridge visible in the background and the walls of the Tower of London to the right.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing a schoolchild with an orange hat sitting in front of flowers, reading a leaflet about the orange flowers shown.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing children using wheelchairs with adults amongst densely planted flowers, looking up at the plants.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing a close up of schoolchildren looking and pointing at flowers, which are out of focus to the left of the image.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing schoolchildren in orange hats walking along a path through wildflowers, with the walls of the Tower of London to the left and city buildings and trees in the background.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing a closeup of schoolchildren looking at flowers, which are out of focus in the foreground.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London, showing schoolchildren to the right looking at flowers in the moat to the left of the image.Superbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of LondonSuperbloom Schools Celebration Day at the Tower of London. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

 

It was so wonderful to capture a small part of such a fantastic project and see the deep impact it has made on so many. Huge congratulations to the incredible team for coordinating it all, and making it a truly special experience that will be remembered forever!


Find out more about the Superbloom Schools Project: https://www.hrp.org.uk/schools/school-superbloom-project-2022/#gs.e32074

 

All images © Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces
 


 

Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex, UK. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch. I work with many museums and galleries as I have experience and understanding of their unique requirements and offer a full range from reportage to installation photography.


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