Lives of the First World War

As we mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, we take a look through the new IWM galleries discovering the impact war had on people's lives.

Creative Director Vadim Charles and Producer Olivia Freeman take a journey through the new galleries.

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In the trenches 
A life-sized section of trench has been constructed for visitors to walk through; our work includes projections showing soldiers involved in everyday activities such as cleaning the guns, cooking and preparing to fight. 

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Timeslice
An interactive table-top piece that gives a sense of international cultural, technological and scientific developments in the early twentieth century, before the outbreak of the First World War.
 

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Recruitment poster wall
An audio-visual piece projecting a scrolling streetscape onto a wall; using a touchscreen, visitors can select historic posters which appear on the wall. 
 

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Tipping point
An interactive table top touchscreen which explores the turning point of the war from a German perspective.
 

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Trench network map
Table-based projection maps which explain the evolution of the first trenches into complex and extensive networks that were dug across the battlefields.
 

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Tech table
A table projection featuring physical artefacts ranging from a dog collar to a machine gun; visitors can discover how developments in technology changed the way the war was fought. 
 

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Two circular reflection spaces where visitors can watch films in the round, on major issues of the conflict - two films shown here ask ‘Should wars have rules?’ and ‘Kill or be killed?’





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