Shrouds of the Somme, 2018

We will never forget them

To mark the end of the First World War 100 years later, Somerset artist Rob Heard is creating 72,396 shrouded figures to physically represent each of the British servicemen killed at the Somme whose bodies were never recovered. This is an extension of his 2016 installation where he created and laid out 19,240 shrouds representing those killed on the first day of the Somme.

In order to achieve this internationally important piece of community art we are crowdfunding, and ask you to join us in helping make this vision a reality.

The Shrouds of the Somme is a new form of remembrance: each individual is remembered, honoured and represented by a hand stitched shrouded figure. Completing this staggering feat will take Rob a total of 15,000 hours and if he achieves it, the installation will be on display in London in November 2018 to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day.

Be Part Of It

Be part of this national cause, help crowdfund to honour their sacrifice.

Help to make this breathtaking piece of community art a reality. Crowdfunding is about communal effort towards a common aim. By funding the project together we will collectively honour the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our shared freedom.

Hand Stitched

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.

72,396 Servicemen

Every shroud has been made to the name of a British Serviceman who died at the Battle of the Somme, but whose body was never recovered.

Scale of the loss

72,396 shrouds laid shoulder to shoulder, hundreds wide, will be an unbelievable sight. View the drone footage from the 19,240 displayed in Exeter.

It was a privilege be a part of this profoundly moving exhibition. 19,240 tiny shrouded figures, each representing a human story, was a stark reminder of the tragic cost of war and the remarkable power of sacrifice. Thousands flocked to witness the exhibition and take in the sheer scale of devastation that just one day of fighting had achieved.  It is both a powerful tribute to the fallen and a challenge to those of us living ‘lest we forget’.

The Revd Canon Anna Norman-Walker

Cannon Chancellor Exeter Cathedral

The shrouds are a unique commemoration of the huge loss of WW1. The remarkable sacrifice is brilliantly represented in the scale and poignancy of the display.

Major General Nick Welch OBE

Assistant Chief of the General Staff

The Shrouds of the Somme was one of the most powerful Acts of Remembrance I have seen throughout my military career and subsequent time as President of the Royal British Legion for Devon. The raw emotion it produced in countless numbers of people, many of whom were in tears, some kneeling and praying and others stood rigidly to attention, was extremely moving. Without doubt this exhibition touched the hearts of all those who were privileged to witness it.

Commodore Jake Moores OBE

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