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

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits

  • 11 July 2015 — 1 February 2016 *on now

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz during the Second World War, visitors can discover how people lived through one of the most challenging times in British history.

Objects, photographs, art, film and sound recordings reveal personal stories – some on display for the first time – from IWM’s unrivalled collections, narrated with the words of Horrible Histories author Terry Deary and new animations by illustrator Martin Brown.

Discover why war was woeful for those who stayed at home and how they survived being blitzed by bombs. Step into a 1940s house, brave the Blitz experience, sniff your way through stinky smells and get hands on with intriguing interactives.

Created with Horrible Histories in partnership with Scholastic Children’s books.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Website

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

Mixing It

  • 12 September 2015 — 1 February 2016

On display for the first time, Mixing It will reveal the forgotten histories of service personnel who came to Britain and were stationed in North West England during the Second World War.

With large-scale movements of people to Britain – chiefly from the British Empire, Europe and America – the national and ethnic diversity of the population in Britain during the Second World War was unprecedented, but this has played little part in public memories of the conflict.

This small, powerful display will be based on the first major research project ever conducted into the cultural and social history of wartime diversity. Specially recorded oral history and new research by the University of Huddersfield in partnership with IWM, presented alongside archive material, will reveal personal stories never told publicly before.

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.
Men look through a periscope in a dug out trench

A Closer Look: From Street to Trench

  • 5 April 2014 — 30 April 2016 *on now

Find out what life was like in the North West of England during the First World War, in this 20 minute walk and talk of the special exhibition From Street To Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region.

Read the diary of a Bolton man who survived a Zeppelin raid over the town in 1916, and take a closer look at the painting of a Manchester munitions factory by war artist Anna Airy. Hear the story of incredible local people such as Victor Brookes, who was awarded an Albert Medal for his part in a remarkable life-saving operation in 1918.

Meet at the Tour Point in the Main Exhibition Space.

Please note: This tour will occur daily from the 5th - 30th April at 15:30 but also at 14:15 on selected dates. Please check website for details.
http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north

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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