School groups really appreciated their visit to the Shrouds of the Somme installation – it had a similar impact to a battlefield tour in terms of providing a scale and understanding of the losses of the First World War. But with the inspirational story of the one man, Rob Heard, who overcame a devastating accident to create all of the shrouded figures by himself.
The 72,396 shrouded figures represent those killed on the Somme battlefields who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial. They covered an area of over 4000 square metres.
Location: South Lawn – by the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2AD.
Nearest Stations: Stratford Station & Stratford International
Guidance & risk assessment: Shrouds of the Somme Guidance for School Visit