Imperial War Museum North

A series of videos exploring the history of modern warfare.

IWM North is about people and their stories – it is about how war continues to shape and change lives. The Main Exhibition Space takes you through a timeline of wars that Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in, from the First World War to the present day. Six spaces look at themes common to all conflicts – from the role of women, to science and technology.

IWM North was the first building in the UK to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The striking steel building reflects the subject matter; three ‘shards’ pieced together represent a globe that has been shattered by conflict, and though put back together again, will never be the same. The building is unlike a traditional museum; intentionally disorientating, sometimes unsettling, designed to give vistitors an immersive experience.

We were commissioned by the IWM to make 12 video programmes, each focused on a specific aspect of the story. The films that can be seen below explore the portrayal of war in the media, using the examples of the Vietnam and Falklands wars. The films, like the exhibition itself, are designed to be unsettling.

Imperial War Museum North.