We’re getting very close to opening…

Last week we released a one minute promo video for our installation in London. The film features some original footage and editing by Marcus Way along with clips of Rob on BBC Breakfast and drone images from our Exeter event. The piece is narrated by our patron Jim Carter, (aka Mr Carson from Downton Abbey).

If you are coming to see the Shrouds next week you can find all the info you need to plan your day on our event page – you can also let us know that you’re coming via our Facebook event page. If you post photos of the event on social media we would love to see them – so please tag us or use the hashtag #shroudsofthesomme so we can find them.

West Ham partners

Our project partners at West Ham are holding a remembrance match this Saturday as they remember fans and players who were killed in action. 131 fans from the 13th (Service) Battalion of the Essex regiment – known as the West Ham Pals – are amongst the Shrouds and this is a poignant time as the club remembers the fallen.

Lost Lives return

The ‘Lost Lives’ exhibit features 1,561 Shrouds – one for each day of WW1 – with the number killed on each day hand written on boards next to them. Lost Lives is currently on display at the Thiepval memorial in France. and will be returning to London next week to feature alongside the 72,396 Shrouds at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from the 8th November.

We’d like to thank to SSAFA Devon for the creative, logistical and educational work behind this and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for hosting the exhibition in France.

The Trench at Liverpool Street

Earlier this week some of the Shrouds were on display at London’s Liverpool Street as ‘the Trench.’ This display was very well received by commuters and manned by a team of volunteers from Network Rail and our project partners DHL.

The Trench at Liverpool Street

Dan Snow podcast

Writer and broadcaster Dan Snow has featured an interview with Rob Heard on the latest edition of his History Hit podcast – you can check it out here.

The Shrouds are loaded at Stafford

Yesterday the Shrouds were loaded onto a lorry in Stafford ready to be transported to London where we will start setting up the installation at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Monday.

Storing and loading the Shrouds with DHL

Volunteer Briefings

This week Mel has been in London meeting and briefing our team of volunteers ready for opening next week – we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who is going to come and help us in London. See you very soon!

The last Shroud

Meanwhile in Somerset, Rob is getting very close to completing the Shrouds. We expect him to wrap the last shroud today – which will be a momentous occasion as he completes four years of work to create these 72,396 shrouds in time for the centenary of the armistice next week.

Rob Heard wraps the Shrouds