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Installation Design - Concept Designers MET Studio 

Historic Duxford at Imperial War Museum Duxford

A direct insight into the lives of the men and women who lived and worked on this busy RAF base

Client: IWM (Imperial War Museum) Duxford

Service: Full Design Service
Size: 90 sqm

Project Details

This exhibition was the result of a collaboration between MET Studio and the Interpretation and Collections Team from IWM Duxford, and is situated in the former Watch Office (a 1930s building that most recently served a role as a lunch and picnic area).

The main indoor exhibition is also the starting point for a trail that connects all the buildings and elements visitors' might not have previously noted at the airfield via interactive totems.

Importantly, the exhibition gives a textured and broad account of life at RAF Duxford, featuring not just pilots and commanding officers, but ground crews, domestic staff and cleaners – and not just in wartime either, but with an integrated focus on the inter-war years and the Cold War of the 1950s. Visitors get a glimpse of everyday life at this famous fighter base from many different perspectives and angles.

The exhibition is non-archetypal in the sense that it is very much based on people’s memories and experiences, rather than being mainly object or artifact-based.

However, items are presented to illustrate specific stories with some original pieces and replicas, so that younger visitors are encouraged to touch and engage with them.

'An accessible integrated design approach has been taken so that all visitors can experience the 'tactile and responsive' features, which includes a vibrating model of the site to help the visually - impaired picture it' (Design Week - November 2012)

2.First Impressions Film

17.Military Community Wall & Interactive Site Model

21.Duxford's People-Showcase Wall

22.Duxford's People-Showcase Wall

25.Watch Office

27.Cold War Changes Totem

28.Planning A Mission Totem