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Fields of Battle exhibition in St James’ Park, London SW1

Whether you live in St James’s or nearby, there is a remarkable exhibition on your doorstep. A free public exhibition in St James’s Park, is dedicated to the First World War and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany. The Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace Exhibition, sponsored by The Royal British Legion, was officially launched by HRH The Duke of Kent, in St James’s Park, on August 4th, the date on which war broke out. The touring exhibition will run until November 2018 and will be open to visit in St James’ Park until Armistice day this year.

It is the work of award winning photojournalist Mike St Maur Sheil. A project he started seven years ago following a chance meeting with Richard Holmes, a military historian and expert on the first World War. Realising Sheil knew very little about the real events of WW1 and his interest sufficiently kindled, he wanted to share his passion for history and photography with others, by combining them.

He says his aim is to stimulate interest and to bring the Centenary to millions of people by revealing how the battlefields look now, with each picture related to an event or a personal story. Beneath each stunning photograph is information linking the contemporary image with the events of 100 years ago.

Thanks to the British Legion and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Imperial War Museums, WeCommunic8, Press Association, Mary Evans Picture Library and The Royal Parks, through eerily beautiful scenes, this fascinating exhibition helps introduce the First World War to audiences, young and old, in an accessible, memorable way.

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