Military Intelligence Museum 2

We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Military Intelligence Museum for the past ten years, creating new interactive exhibits, updating them when required, and maintaining them in tip-top condition.

One of our earlier projects, from 2009, was the development of an exhibit to interpret the work of the Special Operations Executive from its inception, through its early years and highlighting its crucial work during the Second World War.

A single exhibit was required cover its whole range of activity from training to operations and including the tools and equipment that an operative would need. An interesting challenge.

Our concept was to recreate a scene featuring an agent who has parachuted into northern France and landed in woodland. A canister containing his equipment has landed nearby and burst open, spilling its contents. A member of the French Resistance has come to meet him. Through the trees, torchlight warns that German soldiers are heading towards them…

Military Intelligence Museum Special Operations Executive exhibit concept 1

Militaty Ingtelligence Museum Special Operations Executive exhibit concept 2

Military INtelligence Museum Special Operations Executive exhibit 1

The case incorporates four interactive panels projected onto the glass, each presenting a different part of the story.

Military Intelligence Museum Special Operations Executive exhibit four panels

The first panel, at the end of the case, gives the visitor an introduction to the Special Operations Executive. Three further panels help the visitor explore the training that operatives underwent, the equipment that they used, and tales of life in the field.

Military Intelligence Museum Special Operations Executive exhibit three panels

At the equipment panel, the lighting dims to highlight the physical item within the display that the visitor has selected from the interactive screen, putting the spotlight on the essential kit that an SOE agent would rely on.

Opened in 2009 by Prince Philip, this exhibit remains a very popular one and we are happy to keep it that way with occasional maintenance and TLC to address the wear and tear that can occur over time and keep it good shape.