Since the First World War, IWM has collected people's stories of war and conflict, and now through the War Story project, we have been given unprecedented access to British service personnel currently serving in Afghanistan allowing us to record their first-hand experiences of the conflict for present and future generations.
From this October the new War Story display offers you a unique chance to discover the soldiers' compelling stories of being in Afghanistan. Set in IWM London's grand Large Exhibits Gallery, the display will feature 15 personal artefacts as well as video footage, images and interviews. This is the first time that the majority of the material collected will be on public display. Most of the artefacts, videos and photographs on display will also be described and explained in the words and voices of the men and women who wore, used or created them.
In addition, a display of over 40 portrait photographs of service personnel involved in the project will be on show on the third floor balconies overlooking the Large Exhibits Gallery. These larger-than-life headshots are the compelling work of IWM Photographer Richard Ash.
A season of events exploring the themes and issues in the War Story display will launch in early 2012.
Find out more about the project and how we are collecting these stories.
Supported by: Boeing