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Welcome to The Path of the Remembered,

A crowd-sourced tribute to thousands of people connected to the Battle of the Somme

The making of the Path – our short film

Watch this two-minute film to find out more about how the path came about.

As part of the National Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme held in Manchester on the 1st July 2016, thousands of people contributed individual ‘memory squares’ in tribute to those affected by the Battle a century ago. Some uploaded images to this website, others sculpted clay squares at workshops. They were all laid into a temporary, eighty-metre long Path of the Remembered at Heaton Park, as part of the Evening Commemorative concert.

Our thanks to all who contributed.

The National Commemoration - our full film

The Path of the Remembered was one part of whole day of commemoration. It included a national service at Manchester Cathedral, a city centre parade, a heritage learning ‘Experience Field’ event for schools and families, and an evening concert.

36,000 people took part. Watch our 24 minute film here to find out more.

Whilst the commemoration has finished, the memory squares and their fascinating tributes will remain here online as a ‘crowd-sourced’ resource for people to search, read and share. Do take a look at our gallery, each memory square tells a personal story.

 

Get Started

Making a memory square is simple to do, and even if you can’t think of someone from your family or area who was affected back in 1916, we can help you with our research section. For for a simple step-by-step guide, watch this short video.

Click on these featured memory squares

Professor Christine Hallett for Alice Fitzgerald
Jean Lord for The Queen Mary’s Military Hospital
Kieran Feeney for To all the soldiers sadly lost
Lisa Robinson for Sister Edith Appleton
Dorothy Pointon for My grandfather John Wilkes
Andrew Pemberton for Company Quartermaster Sergeant Duncan Nicholl, 2nd/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Solenne Boyce for The generations affected by war
Lee O’Brien for The wives and mothers
Jenna Watts for My great Uncle Thomas Hubbard
Deborah Ivill for The memory square is dedicated to all those families who lost a dear husband, father, son, brother, uncle or sweetheart at the Battle of the Somme
Rachel Down for Arthur William Worster
Sara Coates for Rifleman James Lennox
Leah Boleto for The Horses
Kate Adie for Mary Sangster