IWM North Welcomes Its Millionth Visitor

By Richard Moss | 18 August 2005
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shows four people photographed in front of a war with Imperial War Museum North written on it

(l to r) Jim Forrester (Director IWM North), Michael Worthington, his dad Phil Worthington and Robert Crawford (Director General Imperial War Museum). © IWM.

Imperial War Museum North welcomed its millionth visitor on Thursday 18th August.

Michael Worthington (aged 9 from Flixton) and his father Phil Worthington were welcomed by IWM North Director Jim Forrester, who made Michael an honorary patron of the museum's forthcoming Big Picture Show.

The award winning Big Picture Shows transform the main exhibition space of IWM North into a giant light and sound experience every hour using images and sound from the Imperial War Museum's collections. The museum is currently developing a new show to open in January 2006 as a legacy of the current landmark exhibition The North At War.

As an honorary patron Michael will see his name in lights edited into the end of the new show, receive invitations to special events at the museum and a discount in the shop.

"I am delighted to welcome Michael Worthington as the millionth visitor to IWM North today and to invite him to be an honorary patron of the new Big Picture Show,” said Jim Forrester.

shows four people photographed outside a building entrance

(l to r) Jim Forrester (Director IWM North), Michael Worthington, his dad Phil Worthington and Robert Crawford (Director General Imperial War Museum). © IWM.

“Over the three years we have been open, the teams here and in London have been working hard to bring the history of UK and commonwealth war and conflict to northern audiences. I am very pleased that so many people have visited over the last 36 months and helped us develop this exciting new museum."

Opened at The Quays in July 2002 and created to give northern audiences free access to the Imperial War Museum's unrivalled collections, IWM North focuses on how war shapes lives. It has fast become one of the most popular visitor attractions in the north west, winning a number of high profile awards.

As the museum’s millionth visitor, Michael also received a goody bag and a meal for the family in the museum's cafe. Michael and his dad Phil (who works nearby in Trafford Park) had been very much looking forward to their first visit to Imperial War Museum North as one of their planned trips around the region during the school holidays.

It had already started as a great day for the family with news that Michael's brother had just gained great A-Level results and had got a place at his university of choice.

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