DX17 Centenary Sound Sculpture

IWM Duxford
Now open

To commemorate the centenary of Duxford this summer, you can visit a brand new storytelling experience. DX17 is a spectacular and imaginative sound sculpture inspired by Duxford’s rich history and the memories of the brave men and women who lived and worked on site. The sculpture, which is roughly the size of a Spitfire, has 100 points of light across the surface. Each light transmits narrative voices, signals and music that represent one of hundreds of memories from Duxford’s past via innovative sensor technology that translates light into sound.

This not-to-be-missed experience is free with general admission and open all summer.

  • 20 people are permitted to enter at a time for the approx. 15 minute experience
  • DX17 is open on a first come, first served basis
  • DX17 experience includes flickering lights and is in a darkened space
  • The experience is recommended for children aged 7 and above


Why is it called DX17?

DX was the airfield identification code for Duxford during the Second World War and also forms part of the Airfield Signal Square, visible from the sky, while 17 is a reference to Duxford's centenary (1917-2017). DX also describes the act of listening in on long distance (short wave) radio, linking the radiophonic design of the installation with Duxford's remarkable history.

About the artist

Nick Ryan is a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, artist and audio specialist, widely recognised as a leading thinker on the future of sound. His extensive and diverse practice, as an audio expert, involves working with film, motion graphics, animation, TV drama and documentary, interactive media, technology innovation, instrument making and orchestral ensemble.