Imperial War Museum London

First World War Galleries

Brief/Challenges

The First World War Centenary Project represents the first phase of the regeneration of IWML and includes a new First World War Gallery which opened in time for the centenary outbreak of the First World War.

The chronology of the First World War as well as various aspects of the conflict affecting both the front and the home front in terms of both the UK and the wider British Empire is communicated through a variety of multimedia and interactive exhibits supporting a large number and wide range of collection objects.

Commission

Paragon Creative Ltd was commissioned as Specialist Contractor to complete the detail design development, fabrication and installation of the First World War Galleries interactives and models throughout the gallery.

Over a twelve month period Paragon Creative’s specialist teams were engaged on the detail design and manufacture of 30 interactives, models and themed props. Many of which required hardware and complex integration with the av software designers to ensure the exhibits coordinated exactly with the software, for example; props which acted as bases onto which images and videos were projected. We also featured interactives, which were audio players- again requiring coordination with the IWM London media team.

The various exhibits had to be 100% historically accurate as they were frequently displayed next to the actual collection object, we custom made replica ‘try on’ uniforms as well as replica shells, canvas backdrops and mining geophone interactives. 

The project underwent many design changes which were managed through a change control process, this combined with our drawing sign off, sample and prototyping processes meant the changes were incorporated quickly and without issue.

Comments/quotes

Prince William has hailed the new First World War Galleries at the Imperial War Museum as a ‘spectacular’ tribute to the courage and dedication of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom. Touring the London landmark, originally opened by his own great-great grandfather, King George V, in 1920, the prince said the exhibition vividly brought home the brutal realities of the war and demonstrated why the conflict is still relevant today.

Our Client: Imperial War Museum London

Designed by: Casson Mann

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