Champagne

This helmet atop a wooden cross marking the battlefield grave of a French poilu Edouard Ivaldi is the last such marker anywhere on the Western Front.

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

 

Support for Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18

 

 

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A project of this nature could never have been achieved without the support of some fantastic people and the organisations they represent.

 

Battle Honours Tours have been a constant source of information and support which enhanced the textual narrative content of the exhibition.
http://battle-honours.eu

The Causeway Institute is an organisation whose mission is to build peace through active and collaborative engagement in resolving conflict based upon the Irish experience of recent years. Their support has enabled us to develop the ethos of the exhibition and identify the final objectives of the project.
http://www.cipcr.org/

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have been a major patron and by commissioning Mike St Maur Sheil to create their centenary book, For the Fallen, enabled the exhibition to cover all theatres of the war except Mesopotamia..
http://www.cwgc.org/

Flanders Fields 2014-18 is the centenary project of the Flemish Government which enabled the mounting of the initial exhibition in the Great Hall of Westminster.
http://www.flandersfields.be/

The Heritage Lottery Fund provided the funding which enabled us to mount the exhibition in St. James’s Park in 2014.
http://www.hlf.org.uk/

The Imperial War Museum included us in the Centenary Partnership programme and have been a constant source of advice and support.
http://www.iwm.org.uk

Mary Evans Picture Library has an extraordinary range of historical images which have been the source of our archival material and they handle all requests for access to the Fields of Battle collection.
http://www.maryevans.com/

Mission Centenaire 14-18 in France was the first body to supply us with initial funding which enabled us to mount the exhibition in Paris in 2014. Hosted by the French Senat in the Jardin du Luxembourg it was seen by over 2 million people.
http://centenaire.org/fr

P&O Ferries are a fitting partner as one of their captains won an extraordinary V.C. in WW1 and they have generously provided travel facilities on numerous trips to France.
http://www.poferries.com

The Royal British Legion provided the funding which enabled us to extend the exhibition period in St. James’s Park and have since been generous in their support.
http://www.britishlegion.org.uk

The Royal Parks hosted the exhibition in St James’s Park in 2014 where in the four months of the exhibition they recorded over 4 million visitors.
www.royalparks.org.uk

Russell Davies Media and Mike Frost Design have been separately responsible for our website and catalogue design. Their support and sympathetic designs have added hugely to the project.
http://www.rdmedia.co.uk
www.mimfrost.com

The Turkish Government generously funded an especial Gallipoli exhibition which was shown in Istanbul in April 2015 as a backdrop to the international conference which inaugurated the international commemorative event of that campaign.
www.mfa.gov.tr

U.S. National WW1 Centennial Commission have accepted Fields of Battle 14-18  as an approved project for their centennial programme.
www.worldwar1centennial.org

U.S. National WW1 Museum - Kansas City will be our partners in creating an exhibition programme for North America.
https://theworldwar.org/

 

Westminster Hall 2013

As a result of kind permission from Mr Speaker, the Lord Speaker and the Lord Great Chamberlain, The Fields of Battle 14-18 Charitable Trust is extremely proud and grateful to have had the rare opportunity to hold an exclusive pre-launch event on November 5th 2013 for the Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14-18 project amidst the historic grandeur of Westminster Hall.

Only a few days before Remembrance Sunday, this exclusive evening event was hosted by the trusts' Patron and Chairman of the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution, The Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP. This unique occasion saw the inspiration behind the project and its goals shared with a distinguished audience approaching 200 people, made up of MPs, Lords, Ambassadors, overseas diplomats, civic representatives, and guests from the private sector.

 

Words of Support

Eminent historian the late professor Sir Richard Holmes:

“With the forthcoming centenary of the First World War fast approaching, I cannot think of any more appropriate a manner of presenting these photographs and the history and issues they reflect to people of all involved countries, than the medium of street gallery displays.
You cannot really understand a battle without viewing the ground on which it was fought. Part of the process is intellectual: to see how ridges provided fields of fire and woods offered cover. But, part of it, too, is emotional. These landscapes were once peopled by soldiers, embedded deep in the seams of the soil.

Mike Sheil has an unrivalled ability to bring together the skills of photographer and historian and to evoke that sense of landscape and memory which is so essential to those of us who are fascinated by these haunted acres...”

Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museum:

"I was very pleased that Fields of Battle 14-18 was the first project to use the First World War Centenary brand mark. I like Mike’s images and I believe that the outdoor exhibitions will not only be able to attract diverse audiences, but also have the potential to unite countries participating in the commemorations".

Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, Chairman of the Board of Trustees:

“As Chairman of Trustees I am delighted to announce that Wecommunic8 has been appointed the contractor and exhibition partner to realise our dreams in educating the Nation in the Great War. Wecommunic8 come with an impressive reputation as pioneers in the field of street galleries"

Bob Gamble, Royal British Legion

"We are delighted to inform you that The Royal British Legion’s Centenary Working Group has agreed to support the Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace 14-18 exhibition. The exhibition will allow people from around the country to connect with their local history on the very streets from which battalions were drawn en masse. We look forward to working with you throughout the duration of this project and are excited by the opportunities that will be presented throughout the centenary"

Major General (ret’d) R A M S Melvin CB OBE MA President, British Commission for Military History:

I write as President of the British Commission for Military History. In addition, as a retired general officer, I have been appointed recently as the British Army’s Senior Adviser for the First World War Centenary Commemorations.

In both capacities I advise and support the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the commemorations, Dr Andrew Murrison MP.
I believe the exhibition will act as a catalyst and focal point for many other national and local community engagement projects, the combined effect of which will be to assist in the Nation’s commemoration and remembrance, reaching out to all sections of society and ethnic groups, helping build a common historic heritage"

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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 Trust
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.

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
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.

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