10th May: Transparent silhouettes have taken their position in the
pews of Arundel Cathedral and nearby St. Nicholas Church to honour
the fallen listed on their own local war memorials. 93 silhouettes
have been placed in both landmark locations to depict the shadows
of soldiers left absent in the wake of the war.
Following the overwhelming public support for the
There But Not There campaign, that saw ghostly figures of WW1 ‘Tommies’
appear all over the UK; the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund has
pledged £2 million to drive local community support. Community
and faith groups can apply for Micro funds to host their own community
owned silhouette installations.
The silhouettes, different in shape to the standing
Tommy, are designed to fit into seated spaces and were inspired
by an art installation by Martin Barraud at Penshurst Church in
Kent in 2016. The installation at Penshurst Church included fifty
one silhouettes, one for each name on the local Penshurst war memorial.
It is hoped that communities will honour the fallen
on their very own local war memorials, by placing a silhouette for
every man that fell in local community spaces. The silhouette installation
at Arundel Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church will be present for
members of the public to visit between now and Armistice Day.
Other silhouette installations can be seen at Gurdwara Sri Guru
Singh Sabha, Southall, Palmers Green Mosque, Palmers Green, St.
Margaret’s Church (nicknamed The Marble Church), North Wales
and Belfast Royal Academy, Northern Ireland.
Lord Henry Arundel commented: “I'm delighted
by the installation of 93 silhouettes at Arundel. The There But
Not There campaign is a truly outstanding national venture, not
only remembering the sacrifices of those who lived through war a
hundred years ago, but also channelling that into real help for
veterans and others living today. Like so many other towns around
the country, Arundel suffered greatly with the loss of its 93 fallen,
and the Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church are the perfect places
for us to remember them.”
Alongside the community silhouette installations,
members of the public are being encouraged to buy their own 10”/25cm
version of the Tommy to remember their own relatives.
The money raised from the sale of these commemorative
figures, which are made by military veterans, will be distributed
evenly between The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat
Stress, Help for Heroes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation
and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans.
For more details relating to There But Not There
or to see how you could get involved in holding your own installation,
Please visit https://shop.therebutnotthere.org.uk
to purchase silhouettes or Tommies.
Details of funding to communities wanting
to be involved and unable to afford these items should visit https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/taking-part/armed-forces-covenant-fund-trust/
Freddie Jacobsen, Head of Media, There But Not