The Shrouds in London
All 72,396 Shrouds will be on display in London for the first and only time this November. The exhibit will be open daily from 10am – 7pm. Last Entry: 6:30pm

“The most remarkable First World War commemoration you will ever see.” – Dan Snow (BBC)

The Shrouds in London

The Shrouds of the Somme

Of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who fell at the Battle of the Somme, more than 72,000 were never recovered. Their bodies still lie beneath the battlefields in France.

One man has spent four years creating a shrouded figure to represent each one of these men. Shrouds of the Somme is a unique depiction of the losses of the First World War which brings home the true scale of sacrifice.

All 72,396 Shrouds will be laid out shoulder to shoulder at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and open to the public from the 8th to the 18th of November. Entry is free.

This artwork by Rob Heard is a graphic representation of loss, giving those men a name and a place in our memories forever.

Rob and the Shrouds

Supporting SSAFA and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation

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

Our Partners

We would like to thank Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for hosting the Shrouds, our partners DHL, VolkerFitzpatrick, Imagination, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, QEOP, UCL, Wilson James, SSAFA, West Ham United, Westfield, Waitrose, Network Rail and Transport for London  without whom this would not be possible and the London Mayor’s and Lieutenancy’s Offices for their support.


FAQ: Entry to the Shrouds of the Somme exhibition is FREE and you do not need to book unless you are with a school party.The whole exhibit is outdoors so please check the weather forecast, wrap up warm and bring an umbrella if necessary! If you have a question about the installation or the Shrouds you can find more information on our FAQ page

Security Info: 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.

Mobility: For those with mobility issues, you can find further information here:

Restrictions: Sorry no bicycles are allowed on site. We regret that ONLY Assistance Dogs are allowed into the installation – please see here for information on where domestic dogs are allowed in the Park:

Opening times: Open daily from 10am – 7pm. Last entry to site: 6:30pm – except for Thursday15th November when we will be open at the slightly later time of 10:30am.

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

Travel Information

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
  • Parking for Coaches and Minibuses: Please email for parking information – you will need to register to park.
  • 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
  • Mobility Support: Please see here for all information for those requiring mobility support.
  • Assistance Dogs are allowed into the installation – domestic dogs will not be allowed. However, please see here for details of where they are allowed in the Park.

Information for Schools

We have free KS2 and KS3 resources available here. If you want to visit the exhibition with a school then you will need to book in advance. Book here

Media Enquiries

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

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