Imperial War Museum Build The Truce
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Richard and IWM London staff with characters from the family storytelling sessions

I have had the most amazing weekends at the Imperial War Museum North and IWM London this month, working with families delivering our new story as part of ‘Build the Truce’. My brief as a writer and storyteller was to create a piece which could explain about conflict and truce for a family audience. Given the freedom to choose how I approached the challenge by Catherine Roberts who commissioned the piece I chose slugs and snails. A simple story of how conflict can escalate and become war, told from the perspective of the two main characters: Sadie and Silas, a slug and a snail who point out to the adults how ridiculous it is that they are in conflict when they are so similar – separated mainly by only a shell. They encourage their elders to declare a truce. Told by myself and the IWM learning teams in both Manchester and London, this has been a fabulously creative and rewarding experience. Feedback from parents and grandparents has been excellent, it was really gratifying to see them all having fun as well as understanding the concept of truce.

Richard O’Neill, writer and storyteller

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Delighted to hear visitors have been interested in Build the Truce’s film and touchscreens at IWM London, if you have been to the display let us know your thoughts.

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Belfast mural reflects the peace process: Nothing about us, without us, is for us

Build the Truce public programmes 2012 begin on July 24 as we open a new audiovisual display at IWM London

A short creative film inspired by people living and working in the aftermath of conflict takes it soundtrack from interviews with civilians, ex-combatants  and aid workers. They have witnessed conflict and truce in Iraq, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, El Salvador and Kosovo.

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Iamge of Freedom From Torture Logo

Freedom from Torture is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of torture survivors. It provides medical consultation, forensic documentation of torture, psychological therapies and practical help for people who have survived the most horrific abuses of human rights. In its 25 years, Freedom from Torture has received referrals for over 50,000 people and has opened treatment centres in five major cities to meet the needs of torture survivors dispersed around the UK. Last year, almost 150 people from nearly 40 different countries were referred to Freedom from Torture’s North West centre in Manchester for help. For more information visit www.freedomfromtorture.org

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Have you seen Build The Truce displays at IWM London or North? Had time to think about it? Share your ideas by completing this short survey which will help us planning future projects.

Really look forward to hearing your views.

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If you’ve been to the Build the Truce displays at IWM North or London we’d love to know your thoughts. Completing this short online survey will help us plan future projects so please let us know your views.

Nothing about us, without us, is for us


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