IWM London has undergone a major building re-development and transformation of the museum, to mark the Centenary of the First World War. The £35m project transformed IWM London by creating new First World War galleries in time for 2014.
The main atrium has been revamped as part of the project. Lend Lease managed the procurement and delivery of the trade packages for the base build (which also included enabling works, demolition and exhibition fit out elements as required).
The galleries are 45% larger than the museum’s existing First World War areas enabling the museum to display much more of its world renowned collection.
Original objects such as personal items, letters and diaries are exhibited in new interactive, multimedia displays which explore the personal stories of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War. To mark the First World War Centenary the museum has also opened Truth and Memory – the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years.
The museum includes a major family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies along with War Story: Supplying Frontline Afghanistan as well as the latest exhibition in the museum’s contemporary arts and photography program IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville.
The permanent exhibitions and galleries include:
- The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes. Featuring the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses
- The Holocaust Exhibition. Telling the story of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during the Second World War
- Secret War. Revealing the clandestine world of espionage, covert operations and the work of Britain’s Special Forces
- A Family in Wartime. Telling the story of how the Allpress family experienced life in London during the Second World War.
Source of the above information: http://www.iwm.org.uk/ww1 and http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2012/03/22/ lend-lease-wins-imperial-war-museum-contract/
Imperial War Museum – The Project:
Mapei Ultratop was specified to complement the exhibits and to give a low maintenance finish for the museum. (All internal).
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