Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017
Virgin Trains has welcomed the US Ambassador to the UK to Newcastle where he opened a public photography exhibition outside the city’s rail station to mark the centenary of America’s involvement in the First World War.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18, is a unique portrait of the First World War battlefields by Michael St Maur Sheil, which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness, the fields of battle themselves.
This free exhibition, which is open until the end of July, is comprised of contemporary photographs of the battlefields together with archive photographs which act as a visual gateway to the fields where the conflict was fought, allowing visitors to see for themselves how the conflict changed the landscapes it touched, along with the course of human history.
At the launch yesterday, Acting Ambassador Lewis Lukens, who has been in post since January 2017, said: “I am delighted that this exhibition will visit the great city of Newcastle. Today, the United States and United Kingdom – and millions of our service members – are providing the global leadership that cements our enduring partnership and makes our countries more secure. Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace marks the sacrifices made by the men and women of America in World War One, which shaped our world in the 20th century.”
The exhibition has been made possible through the US Embassy in London working with Virgin Trains, Newcastle City Council and the city’s business improvement district, Newcastle NE1.
Louise Rutherford, Regional Customer Experience Manager for Virgin Trains on its east coast route, which manages Newcastle station, said: “Along with our partners in the city, Virgin Trains was delighted to welcome Acting Ambassador Lukens to Newcastle to open this important exhibition. It is a very interesting and moving exhibition, and many of our customers who pass through Newcastle station are taking time out to look at these photographs and learn more about, and reflect upon, the sacrifices which others have made.”
Newcastle NE1 Chief Executive Sean Bullick said: “It is an honour for Newcastle to play host to this exhibition, which I’m sure will be well received by the city and have a positive impact on the cultural life of the city centre, while telling the story of the First World War and America’s involvement.”