8 – 18th November 2018 (10am – 7pm)

A MAJOR piece of art, depicting more than 72,000 servicemen killed in Britain’s bloodiest battle, will form a focal point as the nation commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ will bring home the sheer scale of human sacrifice in the battle that came to epitomise the bloodshed of the 1914-18 war – the Battle of the Somme.

All 72,396 shrouds, created by one man, will be laid out shoulder to shoulder for the first time covering over 4000 square metres in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Each is made to represent an individual British Commonwealth serviceman killed in the battle who has no known grave and whose name is engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Entry to this event is FREE. All profits raised from donations will be given to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

We would like to thank Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for hosting this event, our partners DHL, VolkerFitzpatrick, Imagination, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Wilson James without whom this would not be possible and the London Mayor’s and Lieutenancy’s Offices for their support.

A special discount code SOMME18 has been created to give a 10% discount on general entry to the ArcelorMittal Orbit situated next to the site of the Shrouds of the Somme between 8th and 18th November 2018. You can book here:

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, by the ArcelorMittal Orbit E20 2AD (see map below)
Nearest Stations: Stratford Station & Stratford International
Transport Links: Central, Jubilee Lines, London Overground, DLR, TFL Rail, Crossrail, Javelin (Stratford International)
Nearest Car Park: Westfield Car Park B (Post Code E20 1EJ)
Walking Route: The ArcelorMittal Orbit and South Lawn are a 10-15 minute walk from Stratford Station. From Stratford Station:
– Follow signs to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
– Upon exiting the station take the escalators up, located behind the lifts
– Walk along The Street past M&S, continue straight and turn left at The Bat & Ball
– Cross Westfield Avenue at the lights and follow the path into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
– Walk past the London Aquatics Centre on your left, across the bridge and walk towards the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Please be aware there will be security bag searches before you enter to the installation. Allow extra time for this as the searches may cause a short queue.

Remembrance Service:
A short Remembrance service is planned for Sunday 11th November from 10.40am onwards. The service will be led by The Rev’d Canon Flora Winfield.

Altered opening times:
Please note that the installation will be open at the later time of 10.30am on Thursday 15th November.

Coaches and minibuses:
Please email for parking information – you will need to register.

Please email to register your interest and we will send through further details.