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.
group of ladies in 1940s clothing walking through London

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

  • 27 May 2016 — 1 May 2017 *on now

From 'onesies' to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.

This exhibition explores how men and women found new ways to dress as clothes rationing took hold. Displays of original clothes from the era, including military uniforms and functional fashion, reveal what life was really like on the home front in wartime Britain.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £6
Child £3
Concession £4.50
Members Free

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/fashion-on-the-ration-1940s-street-style

Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain

  • 1 June — 31 October 2016 *on now

Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain reveals the forgotten histories of service personnel and civilians who came to Britain during the Second World War – a time when the national and ethnic diversity of the population was unprecedented.

This small, powerful display is based on specially recorded oral histories, presented alongside archive material and new research by the University of Huddersfield in partnership with IWM.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/mixing-it-the-changing-faces-of-wartime-britain

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 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

Guest Tour: International Day of Peace

  • 24 August — 24 September 2016
  • 21 September 2016 From 1:30pm, From 1:30pm
  • 24 September 2016 From 1:30pm

A short gallery talk linked to the UN International Day of Peace and its theme for 2016: Building Blocks for Peace. Catherine Roberts, lecturer, researcher and consultant in the fields of cultural heritage, conflict and memory delivers a guest tour marking International Day of Peace. IWM’s collections and displays illustrate the changing nature of violent conflict over the last century. They reveal the complex causes and far-reaching consequences of how we justify, sustain and resolve conflicts. Many factors affect human attitudes towards peace and violence - and the fragile balance between them. In this tour we briefly discuss these factors, tracing contemporary challenges to peace in historic contexts: can our shared human history teach us how to build foundations for future, sustainable peace?

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/guest-tour-international-day-of-peace

Wayne Hemingway

In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability

  • 5 October 2016 From 7pm

Designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle will discuss fashion and sustainability at a special event at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, on October 5. Inspired by IWM North’s major Special Exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, which coincides with 75 years since clothes rationing was introduced in Britain, the pair will take lessons from the Second World War as a starting point to discuss modern challenges and creative solutions in an ever evolving industry.
Doors open at 6pm and ticket price includes entry into IWM North's special exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style*. The talk will start at 7pm.
*Valid only for exhibition entry on 5 October 2016

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12 standard / £10 concession

Website

http://bit.ly/2aR6iQJ

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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