Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18

This exhibition of First World War battlefields as they appear today will be on display at the Guildhall, London, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18 is a Royal British Legion sponsored exhibition featuring 60 powerful images of landscapes from Flanders to Gallipoli, shot by award-winning photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. The evocative photographs conceal the terror and suffering played out on the battlefields of WW1. Sites that once hosted the bloodiest military battle in history have been skilfully photographed to capture the scars of the Western Front and highlight nature's remedial power.

Exhibition-goers looking at the installation

The exhibition is on display at Guildhall

The exhibition is on display in the courtyard of Guildhall to commemorate the brave men who left the City of London to fight at the Battle of the Somme. Of the 19,240 soldiers killed on the first day of the battle, 3,500 were workers from the City of London who had volunteered their Service.  

On 1 June, the Lord Mayor of London (the mayor of the City of London) will open the exhibition to the public. This is a free outdoor exhibition and is on display in the courtyard at Guildhall. (Due to other functions and activities, it is recommended that visitors avoid 15 and 24 June as access to the main exhibition will be limited.)

Exhibition-goers looking at the installation

Londoners take a look at the exhibition

The tranquil scenes depicted in the images were once raging battlefields where so many gave so much for their country. This remarkable exhibition offers insight into a conflict that scarred not only lives but also the landscape forever, and the legacy that is left behind a century on.

More information on the photographer and the trust organising the exhibition is available at www.fieldsofbattle1418.org.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of lectures and events taking place around Guildhall Galleries and a series of smaller, satellite displays found at key locations around the City of London. For details about visiting Guildhall and associated Somme 100 events, visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/somme

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