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Fort Nelson: Standing With Giants

Fort Nelson are delighted to be hosting Standing With Giants, an outdoor art installation from 21st April - 9th July 2023. 

Standing With Giants is a commemorative art installation of life-size silhouettes, commemorating those who lost their lives in the Falklands Conflict. A total of 258 statues will be displayed, representing the 255 military personnel and 3 civilians lost in the Falklands Conflict.

The Standing With Giants installation was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict in 2022, and has been touring the country but this is the first time it will be seen in the south. Standing With Giants is a community project, set up in 2019 by Oxfordshire artist, Dan Barton, and a group of local volunteers who create large scale art installations using recycled building materials.

Volunteers will assist Fort Nelson staff and the organisers of Standing With Giants with the install and de-install of this commemorative art installation. Fort Nelson is a truly unique place to volunteer and we look forward to hosting the powerful and emotive installation for our visitors to see. 

Installation date is 17th April & de-installation date is 9th July 2023. 

What's involved?

  • To volunteer alongside Fort Nelson staff and Standing With Giants organisers on the install and de-install days 
  • You will be a positive and outgoing person
  • You will be reliable and personable 
  • Happy to be outdoors 
  • Carrying Soldier Silhouettes and Poppy wreaths from stillage/ trailer and placing initially flat on ground at installation area. They’re not heavy just long.  

  • Placing metal stakes into the ground and push silhouettes into a ground to standing position

  • Lots of bending, stretching, and carrying

  • Bagging up the cardboard spacers, folding stillage covers, packing away the poppy wreath bags, winding up all ratchet straps after stillages unpacked

  • You will need sensible footwear and appropriate clothing - high vis jackets and work gloves will be provided
  • Full induction will be provided 
  • Volunteers must be 18 or over

Why get involved?

  • This is a unique opportunity to be part of a very special event at Fort Nelson
  • It is an opportunity to develop your knowledge and history of Fort Nelson
  • To experience the warm friendly atmosphere of the Fort and be part of the team!
  • It will enhance your CV
  • To meet some wonderful people and make friends
  • To be part of a community project


How to get involved?

N.B. You must be 18 or over to participate in this project. 

Step1 : Sign up or log in to

Step 2: Accept the challenge

Step 3: You will be contacted by us and asked to provide ID (a passport will be required to conduct any relevant DBS checks)

Step 4: You will be asked to confirm if you are abvailable on the 17th April, 9th July or both days

Step 5: You will be invited to attend an on-site induction session where you will:

  • receive your volunteer pack and sign the volunteer agreement
  • receive a site induction
  • undertake any necessary training (including health and safety)
  • Be briefed on the project in more detail and be familiarised with the necessary kit and personal protective equipment 
  • Site induction will take place on Friday 14th April


Ideal Skills

  • Event Stewarding
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Working independently

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Events and Programming
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection
  • Local history

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