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SHROUDS OF THE SOMME - 19240

SHROUDS OF THE SOMME - 19240

 

South Dartmoor commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at special exhibition in Exeter.

 

On Tuesday 5th July the History department accompanied 38 year 8 students to Exeter to view a special exhibition called "Shrouds of the Somme." This amazing art installation comprised 19240 individual shrouded figures, all laid out across Northernhay gardens, to represent every allied soldier who lost his life on the first day of the Battle of the Somme (July 1st 1916).

The artist who produced this commemoration spent two and a half years producing every single figure and shroud himself, whilst surrounding himself with the names of the soldiers who lost their lives that day.

South Dartmoor students were able to meet with the artist, Rob Heard, and hear the motivation behind his work. The Shrouds of the Somme exhibition has already notched up over 10 million views on Facebook, and is a very powerful, haunting testament to all those individuals who lost their lives on the first day of the battle.

Our year 8 students comported themselves with maturity, and represented their college superbly. Both the artist and the History department were very proud to see so many young people engaging with this important anniversary. We now hope to raise some funds for charity by purchasing one of the figures to be put on permanent display in the college.

 

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