Surviving the Peace – new talk and exhibition at the Royal Armouries, Leeds - Thursday, 25 November 2010

Cambodian fisherman with a missing leg is supported by a crutch while casting his net in the river. © MAG 2010.
Cambodian fisherman with a missing leg is supported by a crutch while casting his net in the river. © MAG 2010.
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A free photographic exhibition focusing on the struggles and triumphs faced by survivors of war includes a one-off, highlight event at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds on Saturday (November 27).

Created by the Manchester-based Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Surviving the Peace places the spotlight on people emerging from war – and the challenges they face while struggling to acclimatise in the aftermath of violence.

Set in 14 countries around the world, the photos are the work of MAG’s award-winning photographer Sean Sutton. In a series of powerful and moving images, Sean captures the conflicts that have scarred recent history and their impact on men, women and children around the world.

The exhibition also includes a one-off, feature event on Saturday, giving museum visitors an insight into MAG’s work. Visitors are welcome to drop into sessions, highlights include:

12noon to 12.30: Introduction by Sean Sutton, providing an insight in to the lives of survivors who have shared their stories with him in conflict zones all over the world.

There will also be a chance to buy signed copies of Sean’s books – Angola: Journey Through Change and the recently published Laos: Legacy of a Secret.

12.30pm –1pm: Sean will give a hands-on talk on the different types of landmines and unexploded cluster munitions MAG’s specialist clearance teams encounter all over the world. As well hearing Sean’s first-hand experiences of coming across these lethal items, visitors will be able to handle dummy mines and other decommissioned weapons.

1.15-2.45: Screening of the film “Bomb Harvest” – A Lemur Film Production directed by Kim Mordaunt and produced by Sylvia Wilczynski. Action focuses on Laos – the most bombed country, per capita, on the planet. This timely story features local children, out hunting for bomb scrap metal – plus a team of Australian bomb disposal specialists from MAG. This film vividly depicts the consequences of war and incredible bravery of those trying to repair the damage.

Surviving the Peace – which runs until 29th November, forms part of the Royal Armouries’ month-long programme of events throughout November – Remember, Reflect, React. Visitors can experience all – or part of this special event – and entrance is free (booking not required).

Other events include:

• Exhibition of original carved wood panels, with First and Second World War themes, by the West Riding Woodcarvers’ Association in the Hall of Steel (runs until November 28).

• Only Water Between – A true story of love, life and loss about the fatally linked stories of Great War soldier Jack Adam, his wife Gert, and Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun. Performances at 1pm on November 23, 24 & 25

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