Friday, 20 October 2017

Cost scuppers Great War exhibition visit

AN exhibition marking the centenary of the start of the First World War is now unlikely to come to Henley

AN exhibition marking the centenary of the start of the First World War is now unlikely to come to Henley this year due to the cost.

Fields of Battle — Lands of Peace 14-18 was due to be staged in Mill Meadows for four weeks from the end of June as part of a national tour.

Jonathan Prince, chief executive of the charitable trust responsible for the exhibition, said councils such as Henley were struggling to afford to host the exhibition at a base cost of £19,500. He said: “With councils going through such austerity and cuts we would love to bring the exhibition for free but it’s just not possible. I feel sorry but it is a fact of life at the moment.”

Mr Prince said the trust was trying to reduce the cost “quite considerably” and added: “We still have 2016, 2017 and 2018 to go.”

He said he was still in discussions with the town council about bringing a pop-up exhibition along with a lecture by photographer and battlefield guide Michael St Maur Sheil, who created the exhibition.



The Fields of Battle exhibition comprises a walk-on map and a series of photographic panels as well as a mobile information centre. The display is not based on the horrors of war but instead on how time and nature have healed the battlefields to create a link between the modern day and the personal dramas and stories the landscapes now hide.

It was officially launched by the Duke of Kent in St James’s Park in August.

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