Guildhall, London June - July 2016

The exhibition was on display in the courtyard of The Guildhall in the City of London between June1st and July 3rd 2016 to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

St James's Park 2014

Photographer Mike Sheil showing The Duke of Kent KG GCMG the exhibition at the official opening.
(In background) Chairman of the Trustees Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO, OBE, DL
©Paul Brown/Mary Evans

Paris 2014

Commissioned by The French Sénat 'Fields of Battle - Terres de Paix' was on display around the Luxembourg Gardens between April and August and was seen by over 2 million people.


Dawn over the river Somme at Curlu.


Rain storm over the Messines-Wijtschate Ridge.


Reconstructed German trenches at Bayernwald.


A collection of munitions stacked in the corner of a private garden.


Welsh Guards rest in a reserve trench during the Battle of Guillemont 3-6 September 1916.
© Mary Evans/Robert Hunt Collection

St Mihiel

The American Memorial at Montsec.

St Mihiel

American gun crew from Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry, firing a 37mm gun during an advance against the German entrenched positions near St Mihiel, 1918.

© Mary Evans/Robert Hunt Collection


A battered gun turret atop the Ouvrage de Froidterre.


German soldiers under fire from French artillery during the Battle of Verdun,1916.

© Mary Evans/Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo

Guildhall, London 2016



July 1st 1916 - the first day of the Battle of the Somme, was the worst day in the history of the British Army, with 57,470 casualties, of whom 19,240 were killed. 

Some 3,500 of those killed on that day were volunteers from amongst workers in the City of London and surrounds. Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace 14-18 was given the unique opportunity to assist in commemorating the brave men who left the City of London to fight at the Battle of the Somme.

Click to the left for a video profile of the exhibition as it appeared in Guildhall Yard, between June 1st and July 3rd 2016. Featuring interviews with Photographer Mike Sheil and Historian Sir Hew Strachan, this short video also includes moving public feedback, together with schoolchildrens' thoughts on the exhibition and the First World War itself.




The Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 1418 Charitable Trust is charged with raising a considerable amount to stage the exhibition and the trustees are only able to achieve this by securing sponsorship, grants and through the generosity of the public. 

Help us remember their sacrifice.

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Tour information - 2016


Tour Update - Dublin


Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace will be on display at

St Stephens Green in Dublin City Centre for seven weeks from September 9th 2016.


Belfast City Hall

Forming part of Belfast City Council’s wider ‘Decade Of Centenaries: Reflections On 1916’ programme, Fields of Battle Lands of Peace was outside Belfast City Hall between July and August 2016.

Click to the right to view a short video.
(There is a delay of around 12 seconds before the video starts).



Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18. Proven to attract large international audiences.

In April - August 2014 the exhibition was hosted in Paris by the French Sénat on the railings of the Jardins du Luxembourg where it was seen by over 2.1 million people during this four month period.

A subsequent exhibition was mounted with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the kind permission of The Royal Parks in St James’s Park, London, where 4.7 million visitors were recorded between August and November. This figure represented a 25% increase in visitors to the park over the same period for the previous year.

The exhibition then travelled to Nottingham City Centre where it was on display to the public between September and November as a central component of the City's 'Trent to Trenches' commemorative events programme.

In April 2015, the Turkish government commissioned a special exhibition for display in Istanbul and Ankara to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

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.


archive information

International Venues

exhibition locations

New Exhibition format for 2016



Based on the new exhibition format illustrated to the left, the confirmed programme to date for 2016 is:

Paris, Champs Elysees    

Feb - April


London, City Guildhall     

June - July


Belfast & Dublin               

July - September      


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The Trust
The Charitable Trust

Fields of Battle 14-18 is registered as a not-for-profit charity in the UK. It exists purely through the generosity of the public together with securing corporate sponsorship and grants.

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Mike Sheil - The Photographer
The Photographer

The original concept of the late broadcaster, historian and author, Professor Richard Holmes, it took photographer Mike St Maur Sheil eight years to complete the photography for Fields of Battle.

View a short video on Fields of Battle

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.

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