Nicola, Molly and Lee were sent on a journalism and news reporting course earlier this week at the University of the Arts, London – going back to school to find the best ways to bring you news!
The course was very interesting and taught us all some new techniques that we hope to put into practise very soon! On our final day of the course we were given the task to go out into the local area and find a news story to report on…We managed get in to the Press Preview day for the reopening of the Imperial War Museum in London (a great museum to visit if you are visiting London!)…
A £40 million commemoration to the First World War
Reopening its doors to the general public on the 19 July, visitors will be able to discover the story of war through the eyes of the people in Britain, from both the home front and the fighting lines. Educating people on how the war started, why it continued and how it was won. Paul Gilmore IWM gallery assistant said: “I’ve worked at the Imperial War Museum for 19 years. This is the first time I have got to see the redesign and it’s definitely a great improvement. As a lover of the First World War it’s great to be a part of it all and be one of the first people to see the new exhibits.”
IWM has undergone a £40 million transformation where visitors can see over 1,300 objects, many of which have never been seen before. Lead historian at the IWM, James Taylor says: “My favourite piece is the blood stained jacket from a young sergeant who fought in the Battle of the Somme and the most moving piece for me, is the letter from a wife written to her husband, who she believed was still alive, but the letter was returned with the words ‘KILLED’ written across the front.”
Visitors will find aircrafts, tanks, iconic rockets and artillery pieces suspended from the atrium ceiling, all providing a very fitting entrance to one of the world’s finest collections of conflict from 1914-1918. Spencer de Grey, department of architecture for Fosters + Partners who undertook the redesign explained: “It was a great privilege to be a part of the transformation of the museum. Our aim was to open up the museum to the surrounding park. We also had the task of making everything more legible by designing the floors in a chronological order, starting with the First World War on the ground level and working its way up.”
The new atrium is made up of four levels divided into different clusters, which include more than 400 objects and artworks. Richard Slocombe, senior curator at the IMA said: “The museum now has the largest number of artwork displayed in any museum in over 100 years.” One of the major artists featured in the museum is artist Mark Neville, aged 48.
Mark spent two months in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 16 Air Assault brigade to experience conflict at a first hand level. The exhibition showcases a new body of work created in response to the war in Afghanistan by using techniques such as slow-motion filming with traditional 16mm film to capture rich, grainy colours and textures. Mark said: “It has been a long journey to get here. Its great that this exhibition is seen not only by an art audience but also by the general public and I hope it will provoke many question and reactions.”
“Voices of the people at the time” Lead historian at the IWM, James Taylor
The Imperial War Museum reopens its doors on the 19 July – Free admission, open daily from 10am.