This is the last of a major series of exhibitions on WW1 by celebrated photographer Mike St Maur Sheil. His photography has become established as the most widely-viewed international presentation about WW1, reaching an audience of over 10 million people in more than 30 locations.
This final exhibition, on display Saturday 6 October - Monday 19 November, has been especially created to reflect upon the final year of the war. It is intended to make people aware of the fact that this was truly a World War, exploring the truly global nature and consequences of the conflict. Not only does the photography pay special attention to the Commonwealth countries but it also deals with the involvement of numerous other countries around the world and the impact which the war had upon the history of the 20th-century.
Photographer, Mike St Maur Sheil, said: “The exhibitions are based on photographs of the battlefields of the First World War as they are today, together with archival pictures and maps. The theme has always been that time and nature have healed the wounds of war and reveal that what were once places of horror and killing have now become landscapes of beauty and tranquillity.”
Mark Wasilewski, Park Manager, St James’s Park, said: “It is an honour to host this important exhibition ofphotographs in St James’s Park. Not only do these striking images reflect on a global war we must never forget, the exhibition reminds us of the crucial role The Royal Parks had in aiding the war effort 100 years ago as well as St James’s Park’s continuing role in supporting events that commemorate those who lost their lives.
“Not many of the millions of visitors to the park may realise that a century ago, the lake in St James’s Park was drained, with government offices built on the lake bed to house the Admiralty HQ, the offices of the Shipping Controller and the War Trade Intelligence Department.
“And today, the Guards Memorial stands on Horse Guards Road, commemorating those from the Guards Division who died, while veterans muster in St James’s Park for the start of the annual Cenotaph Parade.
“This powerful portrait of the centenary of this war should not be missed.”
To date, the exhibitions have been mounted as free-to-view displays in prominent public places, such as Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, St. Stephens Green in Dublin and Broadway/5th Avenue in New York, in order to be easily accessible to large public audiences.