A photographic exhibition which tells of the healed scars of the First World War has arrived in Waltham Forest.

Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18 opened outside Walthamstow Town Hall on Tuesday, November 27, for the final phase of its world tour.

Seen by over 10 million people across the globe, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended the war.

Situated outside the old magistrates’ court, it is a tribute to all those who took part in, or were affected by the war.

Featuring large scale photographs of WWI battlefields as they are now, visitors can see how once scenes of devastation have been reclaimed by nature and are beautiful, scarred reminders of the past.

The exhibition took award-winning photographer Mike St Maur-Sheil eight years to complete.

He said “This collection represents a legacy which I hope will create a gateway to the battlefields themselves, thus encouraging people to visit these historic landscapes and create awareness and understanding of the events and historical implications of the First World War".

Alongside the photographs of the former battlefields the exhibition is rich with information about the war.

Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Sally Littlejohn, officially opened the exhibition with children from Our Lady and St George’s Catholic primary school in Walthamstow’s Shernhall Street and members of the British Legion.

Cllr Littlejohn said: “This powerful exhibition marks the end of our commemorations of the centenary of World War One; it honours and remembers those that lost their lives around the world.

“It gives us pause to remember the men and women from Waltham Forest whose lives were affected by the war, and to reflect on the spirit of fellowship and reconciliation that reminds us of how fortunate we are to be at peace.”

The exhibition is free to view outside Walthamstow Town Hall until Wednesday, December 19.