Imperial War Museums has recently invested in and installed an upgraded fleet of Epson projectors at its branches IWM Duxford and IWM London, bringing a more impactful experience to its Battle of Britain Exhibition (Duxford) and First World War Galleries (London). 

The projectors, which were installed during the lockdown by IWM’s own in-house AV team, provide high performance with low maintenance and demonstrate IWM’s commitment to welcoming visitors with open arms. Both these two branches, along with IWM North and Churchill War Rooms are now open to the public, while HMS Belfast is closed until further notice.

The installation of 26 Epson EB-L1075U projectors at Lambeth Road is being used for the museum’s First World War Galleries, while an EB-L510U and EB-L1075U will be installed at IWM Duxford’s Ops Block and Building 59 cinema room, respectively. The upgrade replaces previous generation lamp-based projectors with new laser projectors from Epson.

“The projectors across our branches run from 10:00-1800 every day so it’s important that we can rely on them to work,” said Ian Crawford, Chief Information Officer at Imperial War Museums.

“The lamp-based projectors needed their lamps changing every six months, with many of them needing big ladders or cherry pickers to replace them, which wasn’t very convenient. The Epson laser projectors on the other hand don’t need any intervention and because our own AV team is so familiar with the Epson range now, we were able to do the installation in-house.

“Our doors are open and thanks to the innovation of AV we have an even stronger platform for bringing our stories to life. All the appropriate social distancing precautions have been put in place across our branches and we’re looking forward to welcoming more and more visitors to IWM for a truly memorable experience.”

IWM is currently in the second phase of Transforming IWM London, a £30.5 million project which will see new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries, as well as a brand new digitally-enabled Learning Suite opening at IWM London in 2021. 

Spanning two floors and occupying over 3000m2, the new galleries will tell the story of the Second World War and the Holocaust for a 21st century audience, engaging future generations of museum visitors with this complex and formative period of human history.

A public engagement programme will deepen audience engagement with IWM’s collections both in the galleries and beyond the museum, highlighting how the Second World War remains the most devastating conflict in human history.

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