Somme

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

Guillemont

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

Loos

The London Irish ‘Loos Football’ on its home ground below the colliery spoil-heaps of Loos.

Somme

The Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel contains some of the best preserved and most easily viewed trenches of the Western Front.

Flanders 1917

Three soldiers slihouetted on the Western Front.
© Mary Evans/Robert Hunt Collection

Somme

Dawn over the river Somme at Curlu.

Messines

Rain storm over the Messines-Wijtschate Ridge.

Messines

Reconstructed German trenches at Bayernwald.

Somme

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

Guillemont

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

Verdun

A battered gun turret atop the Ouvrage de Froidterre.

Verdun

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


© Mary Evans/Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo

Objectives

What is Fields of Battle’s goal throughout the Centenary? Ultimately, the project’s aim is to adopt an inclusive approach to helping as many UK citizens as possible to commemorate, be involved with and learn about The First World War.

 

Specifically, the aim is to engage with the widest and most diverse audience possible. The exhibition will be sited in open spaces such as civic squares, memorial sites and busy pedestrianised city centre areas, allowing free access - 24 hours a day.

Sponsorship


We are actively seeking ongoing financial support for this free-to-view commemorative exhibition throughout the centenary. Sponsorship, publishing and public support will help to ensure the continuation of the project over the next three years.

This unique installation will actively assist in bringing together people from all walks of life in discovering and discussing not only their own heritage, but that of others affected by the First World War - people who might not otherwise have been presented with the opportunity.

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The Exhibition

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.

The Charitable Trust

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.

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.

Video

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.

The Charitable Trust

Registered charity Fields of Battle 14-18 has, in collaboration with Mike Sheil, developed a unique and engaging outdoor exhibition, based not on the horrors of war, but on how over time, nature has healed the battlefields, creating a link between the modern day and the personal dramas and stories these peaceful landscapes now hide.

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 outdoor exhibition featuring the work of Michael St Maur Sheil

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