A tribute to those who lost their lives in the Falklands War has been extended for the school summer holiday, due to popular demand.
Standing with Giants is an art installation currently at Fort Nelson made up of 258 silhouettes representing the military and civilian lives lost in the Falklands Conflict.
The silhouettes have been at the Victorian fort since April and the display was due to end this week but now an extension until Sunday 3 September has been agreed to allow more visitors to see it. Admission is free.
Standing with Giants was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict in 2022, but this is the first time that Standing With Giants has been seen in the south. It was previously been displayed at Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire, and at the Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.
Standing With Giants is a community project, set up by Oxfordshire artist, Dan Barton, and a group of local volunteers. They create large-scale art installations using recycled building materials.
To complement the art installation Fort Nelson is also staging an exhibition – Falklands 40: What Portsmouth Saw – which tells some of the personal stories of homecomings to Portsmouth after the conflict.
The exhibition features images from The News, footage from BBC South and interviews with local veterans, as well as a small display of guns which were used in the conflict.
Public Engagement Manager, Lizzie Puddick, said: “We have had thousands of visitors coming from far and wide to see Standing with Giants. It’s such a poignant tribute and has touched so many people.
“Lots of people have asked us if it could remain at Fort Nelson, so we’ve managed to agree an extension for the summer holidays so more families with school age children can come and visit.
“We are honoured to host this art installation and the fort seems to be such a fitting place for the tribute. Admission is free so come and visit and pay your respects to those we lost during the conflict whilst serving their country.”
Admission to the art installation is free and included with admission to the museum. Visitors are encouraged to pre-book their free tickets to guarantee entry as the site has limited capacity – www.royalrarmouries.org
Fort Nelson is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm during termtime and daily during school and bank holidays.