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Imperial War Museums install projects ‘more impactful experience’

Fleet of Epson projectors installed at two sites to bring exhibitions to life as venues reopen

Epson has today released information on how an upgraded fleet of its projectors has been an enabling part of Imperial War Museums’ (IWM) investment in “bringing a far more impactful experience” to its Battle of Britain Exhibition and First World War Galleries at its IWM Duxford and IWM London sites.

The new Ops Block Exhibition at IWM Duxford

The installation took place during lockdown and was carried out by IWM’s in-hosue AV team who installed the projectors with a view to combine high performance with low maintenance, and demonstrate the museums’ commitment to “welcoming visitors with open arms as easing restrictions in the visitor attraction sector have enabled them to open their doors again”.

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.

“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,” said Ian Crawford, chief information officer at Imperial War Museums. “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.”

IWM is investing £30.5 million to transform IWM London, a project that will see new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries, as well as a brand new digitally-enabled Learning Suite opening in 2021.

“Our doors are open and thanks to the innovation of AV we have an even stronger platform for bringing our stories to life,” Crawford added. “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.”