Following recent kind permission from Royal Parks, The Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14-18 street gallery will be launched officially in St James’s Park on August 4th 2014 to mark the outbreak of the First World War. Situated directly opposite Horse Guards, immediately adjacent to the Guards Memorial and within a stone’s throw of Buckingham Palace and the Cenotaph, the official launch of the Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace street gallery could not take place in a more fitting location to commemorate the Centenary. More info
Drawing on the unique skills of exhibition design company Wecommunic8, the pioneers of the photographic street gallery concept, this powerful exhibition will feature 60 large-scale (1.8 x 1.2 metre) contemporary colour ‘battlescape’ photographs by Mike Sheil, documenting the battlefields as they are today.
Accompanying caption panels detail the historic significance of the main image together with thought-provoking learning points. Using archive photos, maps, poems and infographics, together with moving personal accounts of the Great War, each panel will provide a direct conduit between the contemporary image and the events that took place there 100 years ago.
Click the image above to download a PDF of a typical caption panel corresponding to the exhibition stand image displayed to the right.
Sited in open spaces such as landmark locations, civic squares, memorial sites and busy pedestrianised city centre areas, on a tour of the UK from August 2014, this free-to-the-public street gallery will stand alone in its ability to allow people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures across the UK and Eire to share in the remembrance of The First World War.
Above: One of Michael St Maur Sheil's most iconic images:
Beaumont Hamel - The Somme, where trenches and shell holes are still clearly visible after nearly a century. Click the image above for more information.
Education is a fundamental aim of this project and we are seeking additional funding to create an exhibition developed specifically for schools. This will be accompanied by a range of supporting materials and worksheets for teachers to enable each city to have an educational out-reach programme to better involve students. When visiting the exhibition, children will be encouraged to interact via a fun ‘passport style’ game and parents will be able to simply click into a microsite with an internet enabled mobile phone to access a list of entertaining and engaging tasks for their children.
In addition, the exhibition will act as a catalyst for local communities to commemorate the First World War and for local collaborations to take place, whilst actively promoting interactive learning partnerships with, for example: cultural organisations, regiments, businesses and community groups, schools, scouts and guides.
Manned by local volunteers, the street gallery will feature a mobile education unit, fully equipped with internet enabled computers. This facility will provide audiences with the opportunity, under helpful guidance, to search archives and discover the history of their own community and family involvement in the War and its aftermath.
Visitors will be encouraged to interact with online content from the Imperial War Museum, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and local heritage projects.
Right: The education station will enable one to one interaction with visitors.
A giant walk on map will feature an expanded European section, offering visitors the unique opportunity to walk from country to country to appreciate the scale and complexities of the conflict. The map puts Europe in context on a global scale, in terms of personnel and resources, together with providing engaging details on key battlefield locations. Consistently drawing large crowds and appealing in particular to children, the walk on map will make a massive impact in city centres and provides a focal point for the exhibition with the benefit of additional content featured on surrounding panels.
Extending to 16 by 8 metres, the walk on map will make a massive impact in city centres around the United Kingdom and Eire.
The street gallery and the walk on map in combination, will stimulate the imagination of the visitor, encouraging further exploration of the First World War and an appreciation of how the passing of time has led us towards a modern Europe.
For more information on the official UK launch in St James's Park in August 2014 and the UK tour please click here
Learn more about the objectives of the project here. More