Shrouds of The Somme

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Shrouds of The Somme
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

E20 2ST

Thursday, 08 November 2018 to Sunday, 18 November 2018
10:00 - 19:00

Shrouds of The Somme

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 covering an area over 4,000 square metres across the South Park Lawn (next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit) within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Each figure represents a British serviceman killed at The Battle of the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields.

The enormous scale of the event demonstrates the true cost of the conflict, whilst remembering those who gave their all as individual men. This is an artwork of international importance which will resonate around the world!

Essential info

  • The event is free and fully accessible

  • Entry will be based on a queuing system, therefore there may be a wait to enter and bag searches will be in place

  • The site will be mostly outdoors so make sure you dress appropriately for the weather on the day

Getting here

Nearest station / tube: Stratford / Stratford international. South Park Lawn is then a 10 minute walk from the station


There is no need to book for this event, just simply turn up!


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