The exhibition Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand examined the British arrival in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2006. It also explores the decisions that shaped the conflict and the impact this period had on those who were there.
We talked to three of our curators to find out what goes into an exhibition like this and why it is so important.
Introducing the Exhibition
Curators Amanda Mason, John Kerr and Helen Mavin introduce Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand.
Preparing for the Exhibition
Our curators describe how they prepared for the exhibition and some of the special issues of working with contemporary material.
Collecting for the Exhibition
Our contemporary conflicts collection comes from many different sources. Our curators describe where some of the items in the exhibition have come from.
What's different about Contemporary Exhibitions?
Our curators talk about some of the advantages of working on contemporary displays.
Why Contemporary Conflict?
Our curators discuss why IWM puts on exhibitions about contemporary conflict.