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.

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85,000 people visit Shrouds of the Somme in London

All 72,396 Shrouds of the Somme were laid out from 5 November by VolkerFitzpatrick and soldiers of...

Shrouds of the Somme – The First Week

It has been a week since we opened here in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park and so much has happened....

Rob wraps the final shroud

At around 9pm last night Rob wrapped the final shrouded figure - number 72,396 - after 4 years of...

West Ham United

We are very grateful to West Ham United for their support for Shrouds of the Somme. They have...

Shrouds News – Promo video, West Ham, Dan Snow and the last shroud

We’re getting very close to opening... Last week we released a one minute promo video for our...

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