SSAFA’s WW1 weekend, is at the Cathedral next Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. The event is free and this year’s display is said to be larger than ever.
Alongside the ‘living history’ projects on the West lawn which include– a WWI encampment provided by Larkhill Living group and Artillery Garrison re-enactors and a large replica trench complete with a fire station, tunnel and field hospital), Rob Heard’s moving art installation The Shrouds of the Somme, is in the Cloister Garth.
The small plastic figures covered in sackcloth are laid out on the burial ground between the cedars, one figure for each day of the war, stretching from the North Cloister to the South Cloister in a column.
With replicas of WWI medical equipment (human and animal) by Royal Army Medical and Veterinary Corps and the Royal Corps of Signals Museum’s popular interactive display, allow visitors to get a ‘hands-on’ taste of communications World War I style, including have-a-go Semaphore and Morse code displays.
Cathedral guides are also offering a free guided tours of the WWI memorials at the Cathedral including the wooden crosses that were brought back from Normandy and now stand in the Cloisters.
Evensong commemorates World War I on Sunday, June 10 at 4.30pm.