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Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14 - 18 Exhibition

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by Peter Watts (subscribe)
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Exhibition showing how the battlefields of WWI look today
Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 Exhibition
Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 - part of some of the images Peter Watts

Currently at the Eastern end of St Jame's Park, just opposite Horse Guards Parade, adjacent to the Guards Memorial, are some very large prints. They look like scenic shots, but behind them is a dark story. This is the Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 exhibition, remembering the Great War of 1914-18. As the site says, the project "embodies the spirit of the centenary in honouring those who fought, acknowledging in the spirit of unity, a history now shared by a modern generation of Europeans." It is the culmination of 7 years' work in which Michael St. Maur Sheil, a photographer and battlefield guide, sets out to show the landscapes on which some of the major conflicts in Europe occurred.

Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 Exhibition
Information Centre at the Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 Exhibition Peter Watts

Each picture has been beautifully enlarged to large poster sized, and mounted with a description beneath of the events of the time and some history behind it. The photography is of a very high standard, and it looks like Michael must have visited the sites many times to get just the effect he wanted.

Among them stands an information hut which also contains a small shop, where you can buy merchandise based on the prints, with helpful staff who can give a lot more information about what is on display.

Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 Exhibition
Some of the pictures of the Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 Peter Watts

When is it on and how to get there:
Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14 -18 was launched officially by HRH The Duke of Kent KG on August 4th and will remain here until Remembrance Day, the 11th November.

The nearest tube stations to the exhibition are Charring Cross, St James's Park or Westminster.

If you are here at the right time, then you can stroll across to Horse Guards Parade to see part of the Changing of the Guard.

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Why? Pictures remembering the battlefields of WWI
When: Open 24 hours a day
Where: St James's Park, London
Cost: Free
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Hello Peter, fantastic article. Wish I could be there, I would happily wander through and read the lot. Thanks for the insight. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|499) 2523 days ago
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