Imperial War Museums


Project team

Client: Imperial War Museums

Designers: Nissen Richards Studios

Exhibition Fit Out: Elmwood Projects


Imperial War Museum Manchester: Yemen – Inside A Crisis

Yemen: Inside a Crisis is the UK’s first exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going civil war conflict and humanitarian crisis, it is estimated that around 80% of civilians are in need in humanitarian aid and millions are on the brink of famine. This particular project therefore struck us as an extremely important display of hope and resilience, fuelling our desire to undertake this work and add real value to the exhibition as a whole.


To elaborate, this Temporary Exhibition at Imperial War North, explores how fighting has tipped the fragile nation into an economic tailspin. As well as this, it admirably aims to bring knowledge of this crisis into the public sphere and enable the once overlooked information to be illuminated in international conservation. It also examines Britain’s complex relationship with Yemen – from its control of the city of Aden in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the paradoxical role it currently holds.


This temporary exhibition showcased around 50 objects and photographs, many of which have been exclusively sourced from Yemen for this exhibition, illuminating the uniqueness and significance of the information on display.


The Imperial War Museum were seeking an Exhibition Fit Out contractor to undertake works including: Partition walls and bespoke setworks, including all decorations, graphic production and installation, electrical and lighting installation and various other works for their latest temporary exhibition, ‘Yemen Inside a Crisis’. Given our expertise in being main exhibition fit out contractor we were therefore confident in our ability, keen to step up to the challenge, with the aim to be successful in becoming part of this exciting project.


To our delight, we were appointed to deliver the Exhibition Fit Out, consisting of demolition & making good of previous exhibition, construction of large setwork cubic framework wall structures. A shark-tooth gauze theatrical scrim covering the wall structures, display cases & AV integrated to setworks. As well as this, Electrical, Power and Lighting Installation, Installation of Graphics and decoration works. We helped add significant value to this project and exhibition as a whole by for example, attaining full project management in the live museum environment, our value was engineered to fit the budget and we manufactured large setwork wall structures integrating with other packages delivered by our very talented supply chain partners.


We have long aspired to work with the Imperial War Museum; its award winning architecture and renowned reputation sets a high standard for museums nationally. We were therefore over-the-moon to have completed our first project with them – and continuing our valued working relationship with the Exhibition Designer, Nissen Richards Studio, we thoroughly enjoyed developing the relationship we have established and interpreting their fantastic designs into this high quality exhibition.


This exhibition has been invaluable for the Imperial War Museums, as it is completely unique in its nature and to this particular museum it has gained a high level of interest and visitor numbers. This particular exhibition also highlights the clear need for this kind of content in order to raise awareness on very important and relevant issues. Thus, we again reiterate our pride of being able to contribute to this project and express our happiness that we were able to achieve the desired outcome in terms of a high standard of exhibition build.


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