At the first Olympic Games in 776BC an 'Olympic Truce' was created in order to enable athletes from Greece's warring cities to travel and compete in safety. Reinstated at the 1992 Games the Olympic Truce continues to exist today. Drawing on this theme, in 2009 IWM launched 'Build the Truce', a learning initiative which works with organisations and schools across the country to explore the concepts of truce and conflict resolution.
The intimate and interactive 'Build the Truce' display at IWM London will bring the themes and discussion explored through this project to life.
Visitors will be able to explore the concept of truce, from challenging notions about the inevitability of war, through to truce as a method of conflict resolution and what it can mean on a practical level, such as allowing aid and medical organisations to enter areas of conflict which they cannot reach during periods of war.