Unique photographic exhibition comes to Winchester

The internationally recognised Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 1418 photography exhibition has come to Winchester Cathedral’s Outer Close.

The free public exhibition - created by photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil working with the late Prof. Richard Holmes - 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 and will be outside Winchester Cathedral until the end of July.

A public unveiling this Saturday was introduced by The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester and the exhibition photographer, Michael Sheil.

Michael Sheil said:

“The exhibition has been displayed to over ten million people in nine countries, but the honour of being invited to present the exhibition against the beautiful and historic backdrop of one of the great medieval buildings of the world is really rather special.

We are especially grateful to Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council whose generous sponsorship has made this possible and we hope that it will provide its audience with a thought-provoking and enjoyable experience.”

 Cllr Robert Humby, Portfolio Holder for Business Partnership at Winchester City Council, said:

Working with Hampshire County Council and Winchester Cathedral we are proud to have been able to bring this moving exhibition to our district.

“Our Cabinet prioritised support for this as the exhibition offers residents, workers and visitors an unusual opportunity to explore the history of this significant event during the final year of the First World War Centenary commemorations.

"It’s an internationally acclaimed collection and it is fitting that it is showcased here in the heart of our district which has such an important military past and present. Where better than in the shadow of the city’s First World War memorial and outside the cathedral which houses the digitised Roll of Honour commemorating the fallen from World War One?”

Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council said:

“This is a striking and poignant exhibition which the County Council is very happy to support as part of the commemorations of the end of the First World War. Hampshire has a long and significant military history, involving many communities across the county, and Winchester Cathedral is a fitting place to launch this important exhibition.”

Fields of Battle will visit other cities before returning to London in October.