IWM North

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

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IWM North
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This multi-award winning IWM North is a great free 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 powerful exhibitions, the Big Picture (a 360 degree light and sound show), tours, object handling sessions, and family activities all available daily. Visit the cafe, shop and viewing platform offering views over The Quays.

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, 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 our 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.
Gerry Judah's The Crusader

The Crusader by Gerry Judah

  • 6 November 2010 — 31 March 2015 *on now

Gerry Judah’s striking sculpture on the impact of war and conflict is the first exhibit you will see on entering our Main Exhibition Space.

The Crusader, created by renowned contemporary artist Gerry Judah, is a seven-metre-high, three-dimensional structure covered with a web of war-torn buildings.

This specially commissioned piece is Judah’s own reaction to our themes and architecture. It reflects on modern-day wars, but also resonates with the history of world conflict, making a powerful and thought-provoking statement about the devastating effect of war on our lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/the-crusader-by-gerry-judah

Visitors guess the smells of the Trench

Action Stations: The Interactive Timeline

  • 5 March 2013 — 5 March 2015 *on now

Visit the interactive family Action Stations around the gallery with activities such as exploring the smells and creatures of the First World War trench or revealing the power of the poster during wartime

Suitable for

  • Any age
IWM_Q28392: Female glass worker carrying a tube of rolled glass at Pilkington Glass Ltd., St Helen’s, 1918. The company still exists today

Women in Industry in the First World War

  • 17 January — 28 September 2014 *on now

Marking the start of the First World War Centenary at IWM North, six images from IWM’s unrivalled Photography Collection, displayed in huge five metre high frames outside IWM North, explore the role of women in the north of England. The images, taken by official war office photographer GP Lewis reflect one of the most significant changes to society which resulted from the conflict. Scenes range from heavy labour in a glass factory in Lancashire to skilled tyre manufacturing in Manchester.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/women-and-industry-in-the-first-world-war

SARC volunteers undertaking first aid training in an underground tunnel, 20 January 2012.

Syria: Humanity in Conflict

  • 8 February — 14 September 2014 *on now

Created in partnership with the British Red Cross, this small but powerful photographic display explores the experiences of civilians in Syria since the outbreak of conflict, three years since the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011.

The photographs were taken by award winning Syrian - Italian photographer Ibrahim Malla. Malla is currently working in and around Syria for the International Federation of the Red Cross. This free display contains his most recent work. Malla has previously photographed many humanitarian crises. He has exhibited in Syria, Italy, Madrid, Paris, London, China and Germany and won six international awards during his career.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/syria-humanity-in-conflict

A group of women wave their arms cheerfully in the air as they stand outside the glucose factory of Messrs Nicholls, Nagel and Co Ltd in Trafford Park, Lancashire.

From Street to Trench: A War that Shaped a Region

  • 5 April 2014 — 31 May 2015 *on now

This is the largest exhibition ever created exploring the North West of England during the First World War. 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War, IWM North unveils extraordinary and surprising personal stories - with objects never before on public display - revealing the region’s role in a global conflict.

Discover how the society we live in today was born out of the rapid changes that resulted from the First World War. The exhibition illustrates how a region was shaped by the conflict and how the people of that region played a significant role in global events.

Founded in 1917 to mark the sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers alike, IWM is a world leading authority on the First World War. This will be IWM’s first major exhibition marking the centenary in 2014.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
IWM North Exterior

Reactions 14: Vertical Echoes by Bill Fontana

  • 1 May — 21 September 2014 *on now

The major art installation – Vertical Echoes - has been created by internationally renowned composer and sound artist Bill Fontana. Fontana, who has a reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound, has worked on projects around the world including the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern.

The Vertical Echoes installation is part of Reactions14 - a major season of high-quality artworks and live performances specially commissioned to mark the First World War. The dramatic First World War sounds of a Sopwith Camel Biplane and an artillery field gun will rise and fall as visitors enter IWM North through the 55m high AirShard - one of three shards that form the building’s unique design representing a globe shattered by conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Reactions14: The Sleeping Green Between by Jennifer Vickers

  • 14 June — 21 September 2014 *on now

An emotive installation by textile artist Jennifer Vickers, specially commissioned by IWM North as part of Reactions14 - a major season of high-quality artworks and live performances to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The quilt is inspired by the artist’s own family connections, exploring the relationship between people and their past. Vickers’ previous works have included exhibits at the V&A Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

RedBlueRedBlue

  • 2 — 31 August 2014 *on now

RedBlueRedBlue is a 30 day live illustration by artist Mark Anstee, taking place throughout August.

The constantly evolving artwork will see the artist use the opposing colours of red and blue, which symbolise warring factions, to draw thousands of army action figures which over the course of the drawing will eventually obliterate themselves to represent the futility of war.

For one hour each day the artist will use IWM North’s innovative 360 degree Big Picture Show projection system to create an immersive installation which will challenge audiences to think about their perceptions of war.
The artwork will be live streamed via YouTube to a number of external locations, a first for IWM North.

Visitors will be encouraged to post their own images of the constantly changing drawings before them using the hashtag #RedBlueRedBlue which will be brought together in an online gallery.

RedBlueRedBlue by Mark Anstee is part of Reactions14, a series of specially commissioned contemporary artistic responses to commemorate the First World War Centenary.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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

photograph of poppies

Family Friendly Tour: From Street to Trench

  • 22 — 31 August 2014 *on now

A special family friendly tour looking at the current major First World War Centenary exhibition, 'From street to trench: A world war that shaped a region'. Walk down a terraced street and discover period games and toys from 1914. Learn about the lives of children like Gwendolen Price, an 11 year old school girl from Liverpool who sent letters and gifts to soldiers serving on the Western Front.

Suitable for

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

Website

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

Women and children in Cologne waiting to get milk which is allowed only for children under three years of age and for the sick. 17 March 1919.

Traditional Family Fun: Jigsaws

  • 22 August 2014 10am-5pm *on now

Throughout the summer discover fun and games inspired by children’s past times from almost 100 years ago. The whole family can get involved through craft activities, object handling and children’s tours. Play hopscotch on a war time street, meet charming puppet characters in interactive story telling sessions and design your own jigsaw inspired by First World War pastimes.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

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

photograph of ww1 entertainment

Traditional Family Fun: Star Clappers

  • 23 — 24 August 2014 10am-5pm

Throughout the summer discover fun and games inspired by children’s past times from almost 100 years ago. The whole family can get involved through craft activities, object handling and children’s tours. Play hopscotch on a war time street, meet charming puppet characters in interactive story telling sessions and create your own colourful clapper. Get into the beat of some genuine First World War era shellac records with our resident masters of the gramophone as they accompany this fun session.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

photograph of ww1 entertainment

Traditional Family Fun: Cardboard Theatre

  • 25 — 31 August 2014

Throughout the summer discover fun and games inspired by children’s past times from almost 100 years ago. The whole family can get involved through craft activities, object handling and children’s tours. Play hopscotch on a war time street, meet charming puppet characters in interactive story telling sessions and create a miniature cardboard theatre to stage your pocket sized dramas.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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.

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