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Revamped London museum remembers WWI lives in technicolour

Published on Jul 17, 2014 11:41 AM
Members of the media and museum staff walk through the refurbished central atrium of the Imperial War Museum during a media preview, in central London on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

LONDON (AFP) - The Imperial War Museum in London reopens its doors on Saturday after a £40-million (S$85-million) refit, with a new permanent exhibition to the experiences of Britons and Commonwealth soldiers in World War I.

One hundred years after the start of the 1914-1918 conflict, curators have harnessed modern technology to create a multi-sensory experience for a new generation of visitors.

More than 1,300 objects are on display in the new World War I galleries, interspersed with original footage of soldiers trudging through mud on the battlefield and interactive screens detailing the Allies' military triumphs - and disasters.

In a replica trench, shadows of helmeted troops looking out over barbed wire fencing dance across the walls to the sound of quiet conversations, the patter of falling rain and bursts of distant gunfire.

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