Build the Truce

This new interactive display looks at the concepts of truce, conflict and resolution and how they are relevant to us in the twenty-first century. Build the Truce, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, showcases for the first time films, interviews and insights collected as part of an IWM learning project.

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This new interactive display looks at the concepts of truce, conflict and resolution and how they are relevant to us in the twenty-first century. Build the Truce, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, showcases for the first time films, interviews and insights collected as part of an IWM learning project.


Dating back to the ninth century BC, an Olympic Games Truce was created to allow athletes from Greece’s warring cities to travel and compete in safety. Reinstated at the 1992 Olympics, the truce continues to exist today.


Use touchscreens to explore truce as a method of conflict resolution and consider its practical implications, such as giving aid and medical organisations access into war zones.


Watch and listen to a compelling soundtrack of eyewitness interviews set against footage from the locations themselves, including Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. The stories offer different perspectives from medics, aid workers and civilians, revealing our sometimes unpredictable responses to conflict and challenging our preconceptions about truce.


Don’t miss our free family storytelling, art and writing events linked to the themes explored through Build the Truce. To find out more visit our events page.


Admission free.

Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 6HZ

Open daily

Open daily 10am - 6pm

Last admission 5.45pm