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We’re here because we’re here

by Jeremy Deller with Rufus Norris

We’re here because we’re here

On 1 July 1916, 19,240 men were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the biggest loss of life to occur in a single day in British military history.

A century later, ‘We’re here because we’re here’ marked this historic moment.  On 1 July 2016 more than 1,400 participants in First World War uniform appeared unannounced in locations across the UK. Each volunteer represented an individual soldier who was killed on July 1 in 1916.

The story of the project as it happened across the UK is presented in this exhibition.

 ‘We’re here because we’re here’ was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.