War and Medicine
This exhibition looks at the reality of war and emphasises the devastating physical effects of war on the human body, and the psychological scars left imprinted on survivors. There are more than 200 visual and auditory exhibits, including film, paintings, letters, medical artefacts, and personal video clips.
Before entering there is a warning that visitors may find some images disturbing. The opening leads to a table of death tolls, rising into the millions, from the Crimean war through to the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The statement “Statistics in relation to war ‘are never exact, seldom truthful, and in most cases full of intentional misrepresentation,’ Carl von Clausewitz,” gives a taste of what lies ahead.
The exhibition comprises four separate rooms—theatre, organisation, the body, and the mind.
The theatre room is an uncomfortable experience by David Cotterrell. In this extremely dark room it takes some time for your eyes