Updated: Thursday, 16th July 2020 @ 3:03pm

Saving lives: Salford's Imperial War Museum new exhibition looks at medicine on the front line

Saving lives: Salford's Imperial War Museum new exhibition looks at medicine on the front line

By Oliver Rhodes

Medicine during times of conflict will be the focus of the next exhibition at Imperial War Museum North, launching this Saturday.

The exhibition – Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict studies the role of medicine over the past 100 years of conflict.

Director of IWM North Graham Boxer said: “This must-see exhibition unveils the people who have faced incredible circumstances with bravery, innovation and resilience.”

Saving Lives is the museum’s first look at the contrasting elements of war and medicine, with historian Matt Brosnan explaining the show will combine past and present.

“We’ve never had the opportunity to delve into this aspect,” he said. “It’s recent today with the Afghanistan War and the amazing medical stories coming out of it.

“But it is put into full context to show the acceleration in medical developments.”

IWM North aims to offer a powerful insight into the Afghanistan War with personal stories from members of the British armed forces.

“Personal experiences and using first-hand eye witness accounts are crucial to how we set out our exhibitions,” Mr Brosnan added.

Interactive media – audio and specially commissioned filmed interviews – also offers to raise people’s awareness of the scenarios medical soldiers face.

New items will be displayed, such as a severely damaged Land Rover ambulance and a World War Two medical chest.

“It’s [Land Rover] a testament to the dangers medics face in the frontline area,” Mr Brosnan explained.

Regarding the exhibition’s appeal, Mr Brosnan believed the existing core audience would be most interested, but others may also be attracted due to its modern relevance.

The free event shall run from October 13 2012 to September 1 2013.

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