A Reality Experience

Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North tackles themes of war and conflict, using its important sound and image archives to great effect.

​Event’s initial brief was the masterplanning of the gallery. The task was to develop a 3,000 sqm exhibition which presented themed objects while evoking the dynamics and social implications of war in a way that attracted high levels of visitation.

Event worked closely with Daniel Libeskind to create a dynamic and unparalleled fusion of exhibition and architecture. By creating internal structures which marry the built spaces, it became possible to transform the interior into an immersive environment.

​In the main gallery, the irregular outline is marked by a series of silos containing object displays. On their external walls, as well as on the floor and perimeter wall, audiovisual presentations are projected at huge scale, enabling visitors to view them as they make their way through the spaces.

The Big Picture responds directly to the evocative spirit of the Libeskind building and brings new levels of access to extraordinary collections. The flexibility of the concept enables IWM-North to address topical issues related to its mission.

Project type


Scope of works

  • Masterplanning
  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design




Manchester, UK


1999 - 2002

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‘Powerful, imaginative, flexible, robust, award winning – IWM North’s Big Picture shows are all this and more. Created with Event Communications - Thanks.’

Jim Forrester
Director, Imperial War Museum North