After 26 won
the ‘Writing for Design’ award for Armistice 100 Days at the Drum Design
Awards we met up with Liz Robertson from our partner organisation Imperial War
Liz had played
a leading role in working with us to make the whole project a success. So we
began by asking, six months after Armistice Day 2018, what were IWM’s feelings about the project now.
“We’re very pleased and proud. We didn’t know how it would turn out, not having done anything
like this before. It was taking us into relatively unfamiliar literary
territory, and there were also the nuts and bolts – how would it all work? We had to learn to let go; just
let go and see what comes back.”
“It was interesting to do that and
interesting to trust that we would get great stories in return.”
Did it live up
exceeded them – the sheer variety and quality of
the work. And the work your group put in was exceptional – the visual aspects in the book and online, the
writing, research, organisation – above all the
In what ways
did it surprise you?
always surprised, in their breadth and depth. The Twitter Q&As worked
really well, and the involvement with other partners. Each story revealed
something new – I particularly remember the centena
by John Burwell and his research story about American street names. It told me
something completely new.”
performing her centena in full suffragette costume in the gardens outside the
museum and shouting ‘Votes for
women!’ so loudly that it made the sound
recordist jump. Those films brought the centenas to life. And I still love the
quirky way we started with Angus Grundy’s story of the
Archduke’s chauffeur whose wrong turn
started the whole tragedy. With a poignant, appropriate ending with Faye Sharpe’s last post to the Unknown Warrior.”
Our thanks to
Liz and the IWM team. 26 projects depend on close working with partners – we certainly had an extremely supportive partner on
this outstanding project.
IWM is now in
the process of creating a permanent digital archive for the Armistice 100 Days
project and we’ll be able to share more details of
that later this year. In the meantime you can still read
all 100 centenas at our website and copies of the book are still
available to buy via the 26 bookshop.
– Lisa Andrews
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