The internationally recognised Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 1418 photography exhibition will be launched by the War Memorial in the Outer Close of Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 7 July 2018 and will run until the end of July.
This free exhibition, created by photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil working with the late Prof. Richard Holmes, was conceived in 2005 and delivers the message that time and nature can heal the scars of war by presenting various landscapes of First World War conflicts as they are today. The images are mounted as outdoor displays.
The public launch will take place at the War Memorial in the cathedral grounds and begin at 6.30pm, Saturday 7 July 2018. The event will be introduced by The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester and the exhibition photographer, Michael Sheil.
The first exhibition in 2014 was shared between Paris and London and since then it has developed as a unique fusion of art and history which has now been viewed by over 10 million people in nine different countries. Each year the exhibition is ‘reborn’ with a new theme.
For 2018 it will reflect the closing stages of the war and the impact of that war and the consequent peace agreements upon the history of the 20th-century and society today. It also seeks to show the global scale of the conflict which involved over fifty different nations, a fact which is seldom ever considered in the commemoration of the war.
The exhibition consists of fifteen ‘L’ shaped stands which present the viewer with over fifty large photographs, up to 2m wide. Together with over 20,000 words of especially written text and accompanying maps and archive pictures the exhibition presents an overview of the events of 1918 and explores the continuing conflicts which have been forgotten by history.
The exhibition is sponsored by Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council and the outdoor displays will visit other cities before returning to London in October.