IWM North

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.
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

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits

  • 11 July 2015 — 1 February 2016

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

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

Sentry at Sunset

Conference: Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon

  • 13 — 14 May 2015

Although civilian internment has become associated with the Second World War, it has a longer history. The turning point occurred during the First World War when, in the interests of ‘security’ in a situation of total war, the internment of ‘enemy aliens’ became part of state policy for the belligerent states, resulting in the incarceration, displacement and, even murder, of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. This pioneering international Conference on internment during the First World War brings together experts from throughout the world to investigate the importance of the conflict for the history of civilian incarceration.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Imperial War Museum North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester
M17 1TZ
England

Getting there

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

Admission

£40 for day one
£40 for day two
£80 for two days
£120 for two days including Conference Dinner on 13 May 2015

Website

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/internment

Portrait image of Sir Andrew Motion

A Conversation with Sir Andrew Motion

  • 14 May 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion will perform specially created new work in a one-off, intimate performance at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Motion will perform the premiere reading of this new poem within the spectacular surroundings of IWM North, as part of Museums at Night 2015.

Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, was knighted in 2009 and last year received the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award. His new poem, inspired by objects and stories in IWM’s collections, reflects on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will be performed for the first time on Thursday 14 May as the culmination of the A Conversation with Sir Andrew Motion event, in which he will discuss his new and past works on the subject. The new poem will be subsequently installed as a sound recording within IWM North’s Main Exhibition Space.

The Museums at Night event will also include a screening of An All-Encompassing Light – winner at the IWM Short Film Festival – in which Lee Jong Keun, a long-time resident of Hiroshima, tells his story, a story he kept secret for decades, in order to remember friends and family, and to reveal the lingering effects of the bombing.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£6

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/a-conversation-with-sir-andrew-motion-museums-at-night

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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