A team of university researchers are using an innovative exhibition to share objects that commemorate the First World War.
PhD students from University College London’s Student Engagement Project are curating an exhibition around the theme of stress in the First World War.
Stress brings together a diverse collection of objects, ranging from a brain to magic lantern slides from Francis Galton and Ambrose Fleming, with many on public display for the first time. The objects selected will challenge visitors to re-assess the effects of the First World War on the mind, the body and the environment.
It will also uniquely allow visitors to engage with the researchers behind the project. Curators will be present in the exhibition space throughout its run, open for discussion and each bringing their unique interpretation of the objects on display and their understanding of stress in the First World War.
The curators hope that the exhibition’s location, which is on London’s Museum Mile and has a high foot-fall of students, staff, local workers and tourists, will become a ‘talking shop’ during the exhibition’s six-week run, with Student Engagers sharing their views on the historical themes on display as well as UCL Museums and Collections more broadly.
A number of afternoon and evening events will complement the exhibition. These include a Stress Ball to mark the exhibition’s opening, a meditation event to showcase the physiology of stress and a commemoration event on Armistice Day. More information on the exhibition’s public programme is available online at http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/researchers-in-museums/stress/
Stress will run at the North Lodge, Gower Street, London between 9 October and 20 November 2015, from 12pm to 5pm. Euston Square, Warren Street, Goodge Street, Euston, Russell Square and King’s Cross tube stations are within walking distance.
Sarah Savage Hanney
University College London
Researchers in Museums