IWM North

IWM North
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The multi-award winning IWM North is a great day out for all ages. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, it reveals how war shapes lives through personal stories and powerful exhibitions; the Big Picture (a 360 degree light and sound show), tours, object handling sessions, and family activities. The 100ft AirShard viewing platform offers spectacular views over The Quays. Take a break during your visit to enjoy locally sourced produce in the WaterShard cafe and Kitchen.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open every day, 10.00 - 17.00

Closed December 24-26

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

By tram - The nearest Metrolink stations to IWM North are MediaCityUK or Harbour City. Trams run direct from Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter's Square. If you're coming from Oxford Road railway station, you will need to travel on foot to St Peter's Square. Take the Eccles service and alight at MediaCityUK or Harbour City. IWM North is a short walk across the canal by footbridge.

By bus - X50 Manchester Piccadilly to Trafford Centre. This service stops at IWM North. This service runs approximately every 15 minutes.

By car/ coach - Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the third exit onto Village Way; at the next island take the second exit onto Warren Bruce Road. Turn right at the T-junction onto Trafford Wharf Road. Alternatively, leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs. Secure parking, including designated parking spaces for people with disabilities, is available for 160 cars. Please note charges apply.

Additional info

Lockers
Locker facilities are available free of charge.

Eating and Drinking
In addition to the WaterShard Café and Kitchen, the Green Room on the ground floor is available for packed lunches.

Toilets
Toilets are situated on the Ground Floor next to the Shop and include accessible toilets.

Shopping at IWM North
IWM North's Shop provides a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and accessories, posters and stationary, souvenirs and gift ideas.

For younger visitors we have an exciting range of games, toys and souvenirs as well as a selection of children's books. There are also educational resource materials and children's activity books on sale.

The Museum charts world events from 1900 to the present day, examining war and its effect on people and places; from photographs to film, artefacts, weapons and souvenirs the entire experience of war is explored.

Collection details

Aviation, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

WithDraw

  • 21 February 2015 — 6 September 2016 *on now

This small, artistic display explores the impact of British and US armed forces leaving Afghanistan in late 2014.

The withdrawal is documented through new drawings by a leading illustrator. The illustrations - created in situ and on public display for the first time - explore how life continues for Afghanistan’s civilians during and after the forces’ exit.

Meet the Artist: George Butler - Sunday 23 august, 2pm. Free.
Hear leading reportage illustrator George Butler talk about his experiences in Afghanistan, and why he believes that reportage illustration is as valid, viable and powerful as photography and film in recording today’s news. See iwm.org.uk/north for full details.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north/exhibitions

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A black and white photograph of soldiers durng the First World War going over the top of the trenches during teh battle of the Somme in 1916.

Battle of the Somme: Communications from the Front

  • 25 July 2016 3:15-4pm

In the first of a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories exploring how the events were recorded and reported by artists, poets, journalists and through individual soldier’s diaries. Join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk and find out more about Philip Gibbs, who was one of five official British reporters in the First World War. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/somme-100-monthly-talk-series

A black and white photogrpah of soldiers during the First World War going over the top of the trenches during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Battle of the Somme: Sporting Personalities

  • 15 August 2016 3:15-4pm

In a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover real life stories of sporting personalities from the time who served in this landmark battle. Join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk and hear the story of Olympic rower Frederick Septimus Kelly, who was killed during the final days of the Battle of the Somme. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/somme-100-monthly-talk-series

A black and white photograph of soldiers during the First World War going over the top of the trenches at the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Battle of the Somme: Behind the Lines

  • 19 September 2016 3:15-4pm

In a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories of those working behind the lines. From chaplains to medics, hear about the experiences of non-combatants serving at the time of this landmark battle. Join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk and hear the story of Ernest Crosse, chaplain to men of the Devonshire Regiment, who suffered huge losses on the first day of the battle. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A black and white still from The Battle of the Somme film showing soldiers during the First World War going over the top of the trenches in 1916.

Battle of the Somme: New Technologies

  • 24 October 2016 3:15-4pm

In a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories and explore the new technologies in use during the time of this landmark battle and the scientific advancements linked with these events. Join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk and hear the testimony of Alfred Reiffer, who served with one of the first tank crews during the battle. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/somme-100-monthly-talk-series

A black and white still image from the film The Battle of the Somme showing soldiers going over the top of the trencehs in 1916.

Battle of the Somme: Famous Names

  • 28 November 2016 3:15-4pm

In a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories of famous names who served during this landmark battle. From actors and authors to high-street names, join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk to hear the personal stories of people including Winnie the Pooh author A A Milne. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Big Picture Show

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/big-picture-show

The award-winning Big Picture Show is a 360° audio-visual experience and a unique way for visitors to access the Museum’s world-renowned collections of photography, art and sound. Themed shows run throughout the day.

Visitors find out more about the stories behind the objects

TimeStack Handling Sessions

We open up our collections in these themed 20-minute object-handling sessions. Join staff for an opportunity to handle items from the TimeStack and discover the stories behind the artefacts. Daily at 12.30pm.

Getting there

By tram - The nearest Metrolink stations to IWM North are MediaCityUK or Harbour City. Trams run direct from Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter's Square. If you're coming from Oxford Road railway station, you will need to travel on foot to St Peter's Square. Take the Eccles service and alight at MediaCityUK or Harbour City. IWM North is a short walk across the canal by footbridge.

By bus - X50 Manchester Piccadilly to Trafford Centre. This service stops at IWM North. This service runs approximately every 15 minutes.

By car/ coach - Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the third exit onto Village Way; at the next island take the second exit onto Warren Bruce Road. Turn right at the T-junction onto Trafford Wharf Road. Alternatively, leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs. Secure parking, including designated parking spaces for people with disabilities, is available for 160 cars. Please note charges apply.

IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M17 1TZ
England

Website

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

E-mail

General Enquiries

iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

0161 836 4000

Fax

General Enquiries

0161 836 4090

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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