We should never forget them

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, 72,396 shrouded figures will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder to physically represent each of the British Empire servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. Planned for November 2018, the display will be extraordinary in its impact and recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Somerset artist Rob Heard is spending 15,000 hours creating each shrouded figure individually.

Shrouds Story

Each shroud is individually hand stitched by artist Rob Heard to honour every soldier who died at the Somme but whose body was never recovered.


Read the latest news and blog about the Shrouds and the progress being made


Funding is needed to make this extraordinary project happen. Help make this a reality by donating.

Jim Carter announced as patron

We are delighted to announce that actor Jim Carter is Patron of Shrouds of the Somme. Jim Carter...
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The pain behind the stitching; how Rob overcame depression

Artist Rob Heard has embarked on an extraordinary and awe-inspiring feat.  He is creating an...
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Memory and loss; why it’s important we remember our distant relatives

In the 6 days since the Shrouds campaign launched, a striking and humbling element is how many...
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Shrouds of the Somme launches in London

Shrouds of the Somme, a powerful emotive art project depicting the massive loss of life at the...
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Gearing up for London campaign launch

Things are really beginning to ramp up a gear.  In just 10 days we launch our crowdfunding...
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Their legacy for our future

We will produce a visit and research programme for local schools to engage children of all ages and backgrounds in WW1 and Remembrance.

Please contact us for more information if your school would like to be involved