Previously, Rob built timber playgrounds for children where he was renowned for his trademark pirate ships. He also made his intricate tree ‘Bough House’ sculptures which have been exhibited around the UK.
Following a car accident in 2013, where he injured his right arm so badly that he was unable to continue with such detailed work, Rob came up with the idea for the shrouds, having been inspired by British soldiers returning injured from Iraq and Afghanistan.
His aim was to try to physicalize the vast numbers of those killed in WW1. The 19,240 Shrouds of the Somme were displayed in Exeter and Bristol in 2016 and led him directly to the much larger project of bringing 72,396 shrouds to London.
Until 2013 Jake was head of the Royal Navy’s fleet in the South West. He was Commander of the Devonport flotilla’s 21 ships and submarines in Plymouth.
After his sea-going career Cdre Moores worked at the MOD in London and became the commanding officer of the Royal Navy’s officer training school, Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. Jake currently works as a trained mediator, a consultant on leadership and management as well as a consultant to Twofour Group to develop their digital simulation training.
He has chaired the Shrouds of the Somme committee since 2014 and was President of the Royal British Legion Devon branch until 2016.
In 2016 Mel coordinated the fundraising for the Shrouds of the Somme exhibition in Exeter and project managed the Bristol installation, with a combination of over 145,000 visitors and £52,000 raised for SSAFA & Exeter Foundation.
Mel also runs the Afghan Appeal Fund: building schools in Afghanistan and giving the children there a chance for a brighter future, for which she received her MBE. She is also a SSAFA caseworker.
Jim Carter is perhaps best known to todays audiences for his portrayal of Mr Carson, the butler, in ITVs hit drama Downton Abbey, for which he has received 4 nominations as Best Supporting Actor at the Emmy Awards.
He says, “The shrouds are the most moving and graphic depiction of the senseless death in the First World War that you can imagine.” You can see him talking about it HERE
Jim’s career spans 45 years starting out in fringe theatre, progressing to seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, London’s West End and also circus skills and a comedy magic act which he performed for over 30 years.
Jim has also worked extensively in film and television – A Private Function, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love, The Singing Detective and Cranford being amongst his personal favourites.
Emma has worked in Marketing and PR for the logistics, automotive and fitness industries. Military life has led her move around the UK with her family where she has enjoyed working for SSAFA, increasing its local profile and raising funds. Her charity work and organisation of community initiatives led to her being awarded the Chief Royal Engineer’s Commendation in 2017. She joined the Shrouds team in November 2017 and is delighted to be part of such a remarkable project.
Vicky is coordinating the Shrouds of the Somme schools programme as well as delivering workshops based on the Shrouds to schools around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in her UCL Special Collections capacity.
Vicky has worked in education for 10 years – firstly as a Secondary School English teacher, before becoming Creative Learning Manager at Ministry of Stories (a creative writing charity for young people). Since then she has worked at the Historic Dockyard Chatham in community programming, and she is now the Special Collections Education Coordinator for UCL Special Collections.
She is passionate about how powerful a vehicle the arts and heritage can be for young people to explore their own sense of identity, to be creative and, more broadly, to act as a platform for deeper thinking and debate.
If you would like to contact her about the Shrouds schools programme, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org