A Stitch ‘Back’ in Time

Shrouds of the Somme is a unique new publication that chronicles the extraordinary work of Somerset artist Rob Heard, from a serious road accident near his home, to displaying his work at the state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, home to the iconic London 2012 Games. Rob has received phenomenal worldwide media interest, for what is a truly amazing feat..

Rob’s initial installation, made entirely by himself, comprised six inch shrouded *effigies that represented the losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. He developed this idea to represent the total unfound casualties of the entire battle which totaled 72,396. Their names are inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial in Northern France.

“The most moving and graphic depiction of the senseless death in the First World War that you can imagine” Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter OBE, Patron Shrouds of the Somme.

“The most remarkable First World War commemoration you will ever see” BBC Presenter Dan Snow

SSAFA Somerset is delighted to present, in association with the Shrouds of the Somme Project and Bath & West Enterprises Ltd, an evening with Rob Heard in the new Wessex Pavilion, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet on Thursday 20th June. This will be a unique opportunity to hear about Rob’s journey and inspiration behind Shrouds of the Somme.

Approximately 3,000 of the shrouds will be on display in the Main Ring to accompany this outstanding event.

Tickets are now available online at xxxxand priced at £29.95 to include two course evening meal. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.15pm talk start, followed by an interesting Q&A with Rob and supper. (Very limited tickets available for just talk only £12.50)

Contact for media interest:

Giles Adams
E: Giles.Adams@Somerset.ssafa.org.uk
T: 07952 896995
Debbie Howarth
Commercial Enterprise Manager, Bath & West Enterprises Ltd
E: debbie.howarth@bathandwest.co.uk
T: 01749 822217