Once Upon a Wartime

Nissen Richards Studio, London, 2011

 

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  • Exhibition plan    
  • Introduction book details    
  • War horse stable vitrine - plans and sections    
  • War horse - elevations    
  • War horse model plinth - elevation    
  • War horse stable vitrine - elevation    
  • Machine gunners replica play -     
  • Machine gunners - model showcase    
  • Silver sword - model showcase    
  • The silver sword - elevation    
  • Little soldier - lasercut layered model details    
  • Little soldier - elevation    
  • Replica play Carrie    

This major touring exhibition is at the Imperial War Museum London from February to November 2011, opening at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum North in February 2012

The exhibition is structured around five key children’s books set in twentieth century wars: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo; Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden; The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall; The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailier and Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley.

Working with a design team including graphic designers from the Museum, lighting designers Studio ZNA and sound designers Luminous Frenzy, we designed a themed environment for each book, using large-scale printed graphics, full-scale built ‘sets’ and scale models of the stories’ settings. Each space contains a collection of museum artefacts relating to the period in which the story is set. We acted as the contractor for the detail design and manufacture for the models; hiring a workshop and employing modelmakers supervised by the practice.

The aim of these theatrical series of spaces is to spark the imagination of visitors, particularly children, into exploring the featured books, the periods of history in which they are set, and the impact of war on children’s lives.

Data

  • Begun: Dec 2010
  • Completed: Feb 2011
  • Floor area: 375m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £240,000
  • Procurement: Bespoke Imperial War Museum contract
  • Address: Galleries B34 and 28, Imperial War Museum, London, SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom

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