At 11am on 11 November 1918, an Armistice was declared and the First World War came to an end. The ceasefire marked a pivotal moment for an entire generation, but people experienced and reacted to it in many different ways.
In this immersive sound installation, 32 people who fought and lived through the First World War share their personal stories of the Armistice.
Using recordings from the IWM Sound Archive that have never been exhibited before, this is a chance to explore the moment that marks the boundary between war and peace and its immediate aftermath. It brings together personal testimonies from people who in 1918 were soldiers, civilians or children, who all had different reactions to the end of the First World War. From the solemn to the celebratory – and discover how this moment was imprinted on the lives of an entire generation.
I Was There: Room of Voices is part of Making a New World, a season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences at IWM London and IWM North in 2018 which will explore how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)