Sketchcrawl: IWM North, Salford

On Saturday, Sketchcrawl North went on a fieldtrip to the Imperial War Museum North at Salford. It is a crazy building based on a smashed up teapot stuck back together, designed in order to disorientate visitors so much that they are unable to leave without buying a amusing-when-you-read-it-out-of-context wartime postcard, apparently. I may have got that wrong.

Anyway, here are my sketches of the exterior of the building. I loved the shapes, it was like something le Corbusier might have designed if he had turned to the Dark Side. Ronchamp meets the Death Star? No? Just me then…

Inside the building are exhibits covering ‘every major conflict since 1914’.

On the hour, visitors are plunged into darkness and the ‘Picture Show’ projected onto every surface. It’s a surreal, moving and chilling moment as the chattering crowd stops and is captivated; their eyes fixed upwards as horrifying personal stories of war are told over background images and sounds of conflict which bombard from all angles.

It’s a pretty sad place, to be honest, as it should be. The notes displayed on the walkway into the cafe are devastating, especially knowing that they are written by serving soldiers… I’ll say no more. You’ll have to go and read them yourself.

I’ll leave you with this image of a creepy up-lit gas mask:

Don’t have nightmares.

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