FANY support the Shrouds of the Somme

Members of the Corps assisted with the Shrouds of the Somme art instillation for several days at the beginning of November. Volunteers helped lay out the figures in the exhibition, which physically represent each of the 72,396 British Commonwealth servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave, and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial. The artist, Rob Heard, spent five years hand-sewing calico shrouds and binding them over the small figures, an endeavour that has taken him 13,000 hours and around 1.6 million stitches.

The instillation opens on Thursday 8 November at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is open to the public until Sunday 18 November. For more information, visit the website here.

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