Shrouds of the Somme



Come along this week and see the poignant and inspiring Shrouds of the Somme installation on the South Park Lawn, next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit it is open daily 10am to 7pm until Sunday 18th November.

The installation which marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, comprises of 72,396 shrouded figures laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder covering an area over 4000 square. Each figure represents a British serviceman killed at The Battle of the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. Alongside there is a second installation Lost Lives where 1,561 individual shrouds and crosses outline the number of lives that were lost across the period of the whole of WW1.

Entry to this event is free and all profits raised from donations will be given to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Entry will be based on a queuing system, therefore there may be a wait to enter and bag searches will be in place. The site will be mostly outdoors so make sure you dress appropriately for the weather on the day.

The enormous scale of the event demonstrates the true cost of the conflict, whilst remembering those who gave their all as individual men. This is an artwork of international importance which will resonate around the world! The artist Robert Heard has been recognised for a Points of Light award in recognition of his work on the Shrouds of the Somme.

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A very touching and inspiring commemorative art installation, I highly recommend it.