Street to Trench
The largest exhibition of its kind explored the lives and experiences of people from the North West of England during the First World War.
Inspired by the IWM’s First World War poster collection, the surprising range of colours allowed us to create a contemporary palette whilst evoking a rich period feel to the graphic language, in turn complemented by printing direct to a range of coloured Valchromat.
The scope ranged from recreating a poster wall and an entire terraced street to a 120sqm photographic backdrop of Manchester in the early 20th century, enhancing the street vista and highlighting Libeskind’s dramatic interior space.
With a focus on local, personal stories we extracted handwritten statements from the letters of Ada and Eva McGuire to bring a voice and relevancy to each section theme. This language was extended through a series of digital ‘story boxes’ juxtaposing traditional animation with poignant photographic landscapes to bring to life the letters and humerous ink drawings of Henry Lamb who wrote to his nephew from the trenches and the letters of a family desperate to save their horse Betty from being recruited by Kitchener’s army.
NISSEN RICHARDS studio
Imperial War Museums