The National Memorial Arboretum is appealing for help in creating a huge photo montage which will feature in its new Remembrance Centre, due to open in autumn 2016.

From now until April 2016, visitors to the Arboretum and members of the local community are invited to submit photographs that have a unique story behind them, such as a story of a family hero, a day you remember as a child or a story linked to the Arboretum.

A selection of photographs will be included in the artwork, which will be approximately 4m wide and wall-mounted. The artwork will feature between 5,000 and 15,000 individual photographs, many of which will be from the Arboretum’s own archives. Visitors will be able to view them in detail via a digital zoom facility.

The photo-montage will be created by British artist Helen Marshall, who is known for her striking installations created from thousands of individual images.

Helen, whose work is rooted in photography and design, has previously worked on commissions for BBC Television, Tate Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery and an Arts Council-funded collaboration in Indonesia that is currently being exhibited at The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London.

Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the Arboretum, said: “With more than 300 memorials set in 150 acres, the Arboretum is a wonderful, visual tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our nation.

“It is, however, people and their memories and associations that make the Arboretum such a special place. It is this that we hope to convey through this extraordinary artwork, which will tell thousands of stories.”

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