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Michael St Maur Sheil’s evocative photographs conceal the horror and suffering played out on the battlefields of WWI. Sites once host to the bloodiest military battle in history have been skilfully photographed to capture the scars of the Western Front and highlight nature’s remedial power.

This stunning outdoor exhibition features images of the present-day battlefields alongside archive pictures of the trenches during WWI. A timely salute to the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the exhibition reflects upon the fact that time and nature are agents of reconciliation by healing the wounds of war and turning places of horror and death into landscapes of great peace and beauty.

A number of smaller free-standing displays can be found at key locations around the City throughout the exhibition period.

Commemorate a combat that affected our collective history and experience the full exhibition at Guildhall Yard, accompanied by a connected series of lectures, exhibitions and events taking place around Guildhall Galleries.

*Image Credit: Delville Wood – South African National Memorial, Somme (Nov, 2007)