Completely free to view in public parks, streets and city centres, the exhibition brings us the story of reconciliation across the lands of the warring nations. Once places of devastating violence, we now see landscapes of great beauty, testament to peace and remembrance.
With a focus on education and ideal for adults and children alike, this engaging exhibition features meticulously researched content including archive images and fascinating facts to support Michael’s contemporary battlefield images.
Visited by more than four million people to date in the UK, France and as far afield as Turkey, Fields of Battle is perhaps the most viewed exhibition of the centenary period.
To date, Fields of Battle has been on display in The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, London's St James's Park, Nottingham, Strasbourg and Istanbul. Click above to learn more about the exhibition and future destinations.
Fields of Battle 14-18 is registered as
a not-for-profit charity in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to present the story of the conflict in public outdoor locations, free of charge, to an audience unused to visiting museums or galleries.
To commemorate the Battle of the Somme and to remember the 3,500 brave men from the City who lost their lives, Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14-18 will be on display at London's Guildhall between June 1st and July 18th 2016.
View a short video on the inspiration behind Michael St Maur Sheil's journey capturing the emotional and historical heritage of landscapes which witnessed the monumental events of the
First World War.
Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14-18 does not seek to explain the history of the First World War, but rather seeks to introduce people to the subject by revealing some of the landscapes of battle and illustrating the stories of the people who experienced those battles. It does so in a uniquely powerful manner, by bringing these events to people in their own communities via the medium of a free to view outdoor exhibition featuring the work of Michael St Maur Sheil.
"Our vision is to commemorate The Centenary by promoting the significance, within families, locally, nationally, and internationally, of the seismic social changes The First World War has triggered over the last century. Recent surveys on public attitudes to The First World War reveal that *59% of UK citizens have visited a local war memorial, although seven in ten people do not know what their relatives did during the war...
It is precisely this gap between interest and understanding of community and familial roles and changes in the War, that our photographs and interpretations are designed to address”.
Jonathan Prince - Chief Executive Fields of Battle 14-18 Charitable Trust
Source: *YouGov, Survey of citizenship teachers (with Citizenship Foundation)