Epson sheds light on the history of the Red Cross

An engaging story illuminated by the EB-470 projector

Epson sheds light on the history of the Red Cross

There is a room in the International Red Cross Museum dedicated to rehabilitation centres for landmine victims. The images, projected using Epson's EB-470 projector, show the work of doctors who give their patients a new life.

The International Red Cross Museum is based in a breathtaking location

The International Red Cross Museum was established on 25 June 1959 in Castiglione delle Stiviere, in the province of Mantova, by mayor Enzo Boletti to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the creation of the International Red Cross Movement by Henry Dunant, the day after the Battle of San Martino and Solferino on 24 June 1859.

The museum is located in Palazzo Triulzi Longhi, built in the second half of the 1700s and now fully dedicated to rare and historic items belonging to the Red Cross. The building holds the only collection of its kind: medical equipment and systems for transporting the wounded to field hospitals, as well as photographs of the organisation's work during both world wars.

Over the years it has been expanded and enriched by a stamp collection with a single theme (the Red Cross throughout the world), certificates of four Nobel Peace Prizes received by Henry Dunant and by the International Red Cross, two ambulances from 1930 belonging to the Italian organisation (autoparco centrale, Rome) and photographic exhibitions of the current operations of this major humanitarian movement.

There are also exhibitions of their numerous awareness campaigns, such as the campaign for the rehabilitation of anti-personnel mine victims and the exhibition "Respect for human life in times of war".

Light and vivid images give vistors time to reflect

The International Red Cross Museum gives a detailed depiction of life in the rehabilitation centres for victims of anti-personnel mines. A nine-minute film directed by Italian physiotherapist Alberto Cairo shows the activities of the Kabul CICR Orthopaedic Centre, where they treat the wounded and also try to reintegrate them into society via an intense rehabilitation process.

"Since 1998, we have dedicated two rooms to the tragic problem of anti-personnel mines, because we want to maintain current interest in this serious problem created by these fearsome devices, which continue to kill and mutilate people throughout the world and don't distinguish soldiers from civilians, often even when the wars have ended," states Maria Grazia Baccolo, the museum's curator. "Thanks to the vivid and intense light of the images from Epson's projector, visitors are captivated by the history and stay for a while, reflecting deeply on this serious problem."

The installation of Epson's EB-470 projector has also meant that the room has been completely rearranged and, according to the curator, "It has significantly enhanced the aesthetics of the room, making it more beautiful, welcoming and engaging".

Carla Conca, Business Manager of Visual Instruments of Epson Italia, adds: "The EB-470 projector has a high colour light output that is equal to its white light output. This is an intrinsic characteristic of our 3LCD technology, which significantly increases involvement in the documentary".

It was created to celebrate the idea which led to the foundation of the Red Cross, which is now active in 189 countries across the world. The museum's current goal is to keep the history of this movement alive – a movement which has saved and continues to save the lives of many people each day.

"For us, the emotional aspect is fundamental," states the curator. "We want visitors to take the feelings they have experienced here back home with them. Children and adults alike, the important thing is that the hope for a better world stays with them – the same hope that Henry Dunant had when he founded the Red Cross."

A museum that is constantly evolving

The International Red Cross Museum (www.micr.it) is open all year round, from Tuesdays to Sundays, and welcomes around 10,000 visitors each year.

"Our audience comes from all over the world," states Maria Grazia Baccolo. "I am happy to add that a significant percentage of our audience is made up of schoolchildren who visit us because the Museum has a series of aspects adapted for the curriculum that the pupils follow, as developed by the Italian Ministry of Education."

A museum which knows how to reinvent itself and keep up with the times: "a possibility for the future is to be able to organise outdoor projections in the splendid gardens of the historic palazzo. Thanks to the intense light of Epson's EB-470 projector, high-quality video can be projected. We think this creates an additional attraction for pupils from secondary schools who may be more reluctant to visit museums," concludes Maria Grazia Baccolo.