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Shrouds of the Somme Crowdfunding Campaign

Today we launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, selling uniquely numbered enamel pin badges to raise the last bit of money that we need to cover the production costs of creating the Shrouds. The Badges • Each enamel Shroud badge is individually numbered in a...

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Shrouds of the Somme exhibition unveiled in Belfast

An evocative art installation remembering the thousands of servicemen from the Ulster and Irish regiments, or from Belfast, who died in the Battle of the Somme and have no known grave was unveiled at Belfast City Hall on 23 Aug 2018. A total of 3,775 shrouded figures...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below the answers to our frequently asked questions. Here, you will find the answers about our events, including group bookings and timings/locations for the installations, the artist Rob Heard, how the shrouds are made and more. If you still cannot find...

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Lost Lives exhibition

Conceived and created by artist Rob Heard in collaboration with SSAFA Devon, ‘Lost Lives’ is a unique exhibition to commemorate the Fallen on each day of the First World War and to show the true cost of the conflict.  Rob is well known for his 19240 and Trench...

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Schools’ Programme Launched

SCHOOLS across the UK have been invited to join the Shrouds of the Somme Project as the nation marks the 100thanniversary of the end of the First World War. The Shrouds project will form one of the major centrepieces of commemorations and teachers are being urged to...

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The Somme in Numbers

This week we have been exhibiting the Shrouds of the Somme in a new format. – the Trench – in Exeter. The Human Cost of War One of the driving ideas behind the Shrouds of the Somme is to create a physical representation of the numbers involved in World War 1. When you...

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The Trench in Exeter

The Trench is a vast, freestanding interactive sculpture by artist Rob Heard. It premiers in Exeter this weekend, where it will be on display in Northernhay Gardens from 30th June – 8th July in the same spot where Rob’s original 19,240 Somme figures were visited by...

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Timber is delivered for the Trench

Rob took a delivery of 5000m of timber this week which he needs to build the Trench which will be 2.3m high and approximately 45m long. It in itself is a mammoth task, but he does at least have some help with this one. The shrouds will be stacked along the insides of...

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