Imperial War Museums (IWM) invest in Epson Pro AV upgrade

Imperial War Museums (IWM) invest in Epson Pro AV upgrade

IWM install 28 new Epson laser projectors at IWM Duxford and IWM London providing an enhanced visitor offering as the museum’s doors open again

Imperial War Museums has invested in and installed an upgraded fleet of Epson projectors at their branches IWM Duxford and IWM London, bringing a far more impactful experience to their 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 as easing restrictions in the visitor attraction sector have enabled them to open their doors again. 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 x Epson EB-L1075U projectors at Lambeth Road is being used for their 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.

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

About IWM

IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

Our unique collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events. Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force. We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people’s lives.

IWM’s five branches which attract over 2.5 million visitors each year are IWM London, IWM’s flagship branch that recently transformed with new, permanent and free First World War Galleries alongside new displays across the iconic Atrium to mark the Centenary of the First World War; IWM North, housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind; IWM Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and Britain's best preserved wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.