Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North IWM North is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museums - the only one outside the South East of England.
(1871)

Visit the award-winning IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, and experience amazing personal stories in Daniel Libeskind’s iconic building on the Quays. Marking the Centenary of the First World War, the From Street to Trench exhibition explores the lives of people from the North West of England during the conflict. A changing programme of events, including tours and performances, also marks the occasion. The award-winning Big Picture Show is a 360-degree audio-visual experience unique to IWM North. Using surround sound, projected moving images and photographs, the show brings to life people’s experiences of war. It immerses you in the action, creating a sensory experience which is totally involving, and often moving. Dare you climb the 180 steps in the Air Shard or take the lift that rises at an angle to stand almost 100 feet in the air to see across Manchester, The Quays and beyond? Tours are available daily, and storytelling, creative and object handling sessions are on every weekend and during school holidays. Experience stunning views in the WaterShard Café & Kitchen where all our food and cakes are handmade daily with local produce. Retro gifts and souvenirs are available in our onsite shop. Our social media house rules can be found here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/policies/social-media

Our Matilda II tank is one of just 500 that were built at Horwich Locomotive Works near Bolton. One of the most effectiv...
06/01/2020

Our Matilda II tank is one of just 500 that were built at Horwich Locomotive Works near Bolton. One of the most effective British Army tanks during the Second World War, visit #IWMNorth to see mighty Matilda on display. https://bit.ly/2Sn9eJJ

Food insecurity in Yemen is an entirely man-made situation … Learn more and find out why in the final weeks of our #IWMN...
03/01/2020

Food insecurity in Yemen is an entirely man-made situation … Learn more and find out why in the final weeks of our #IWMNorth exhibition #InsideYemenCrisis: https://bit.ly/2Z99oFA

Adventurers wanted. Positions available immediately. IWM North is packed full of stories but we need your wits and imagi...
30/12/2019

Adventurers wanted. Positions available immediately. IWM North is packed full of stories but we need your wits and imagination exploring our collections and finding connections. Join in on our exciting free event – Story Seekers – today! http://ow.ly/h8yK50xptOD

Adventurers wanted. Positions available immediately. IWM North is packed full of stories but we need your wits and imagi...
28/12/2019

Adventurers wanted. Positions available immediately. IWM North is packed full of stories but we need your wits and imagination exploring our collections and finding connections. Join in on our exciting free event – Story Seekers – today! http://ow.ly/lGra50xptis

Throughout the First World War, soldiers kept up morale by engaging in games and traditions, especially at Christmas tim...
25/12/2019

Throughout the First World War, soldiers kept up morale by engaging in games and traditions, especially at Christmas time. Here, a soldier of the Machine Gun Corps in 1917 observes the custom around mistletoe. Visit IWM North from 27 December to hear powerful stories of conflict.

In December 1944 members of the Admiralty Civilian Staff spent time in Liverpool’s Liver building, packing gift parcels ...
22/12/2019

In December 1944 members of the Admiralty Civilian Staff spent time in Liverpool’s Liver building, packing gift parcels to send to sailor patients in a Royal Naval hospital. Each gift package contained thoughtful items like notepaper, stamped envelopes, and shaving soap.

Christmas party this week? Trying to keep up morale during the festive season? Throughout the First World War, concert p...
19/12/2019

Christmas party this week? Trying to keep up morale during the festive season? Throughout the First World War, concert parties were the main way troops entertained themselves The acts varied, cabaret style, with soldiers taking on male and female roles. http://bit.ly/33LxO9a

With sugar shortages during the Second World War, sweet treats were rationed. Discover why the humble root vegetable mak...
14/12/2019

With sugar shortages during the Second World War, sweet treats were rationed. Discover why the humble root vegetable makes a super sugar substitute in our Wartime Mealtimes event at IWM North TODAY. Understand how conflict shaped the ‘kitchen front’. http://ow.ly/343b50xpraD

Rationing required the ability to make-do and be inventive – substituting foods in recipes and growing extra food at hom...
12/12/2019

Rationing required the ability to make-do and be inventive – substituting foods in recipes and growing extra food at home. Visit IWM North this weekend to take part in Wartime Mealtimes and discover how conflict shaped the ‘kitchen front’. http://ow.ly/6dtM50xpr6U

10/12/2019

With surround sound cinematic stories ranging from Remembrance to Al Mutanabbi Street and Mightier than War, the Big Picture Show is an award-winning part of our main exhibition. Check out our trailer to get a taste of how important film is to IWM North. iwm.org.uk/events/big-picture-show

The conflict in #Yemen has tipped the nation into an economic tailspin, destroying livelihoods and driving up food price...
08/12/2019

The conflict in #Yemen has tipped the nation into an economic tailspin, destroying livelihoods and driving up food prices. You can find out more about what the UN describes as the “world’s worst” man-made crisis at our #InsideYemenCrisis exhibition. http://ow.ly/xiS150xpq10

In 1990, IWM commissioned artist Jock McFadyen to create new artworks about Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Th...
05/12/2019

In 1990, IWM commissioned artist Jock McFadyen to create new artworks about Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. These works have never been on display before, see two of them on at IWM North as part of our permanent main exhibition. ow.ly/caTb50x3l9I

Second World War advice from the Ministry of Food encouraged families to eat vegetables for ‘buoyant vitality’. Visit IW...
02/12/2019

Second World War advice from the Ministry of Food encouraged families to eat vegetables for ‘buoyant vitality’. Visit IWM North on Sunday 14 and 15 December to take part in Wartime Mealtimes – discover how conflict shaped the ‘kitchen front’. http://ow.ly/yRQN50xppC3

29/11/2019

"It’s more than tanks and bombs and cars".

IWM North is about individual stories. View the permanent collection, visit our intentionally disorientating building, watch the surround sound Big Picture Show. Change your perspective.
iwm.org.uk/north

28/11/2019
Yemen | Our Yemen

Watch spoken word artist Amerah Saleh and young people from the Yemeni Community Association in Eccles, Manchester and the Liverpool Arabic Centre perform Our Yeman—a spoken word response to the themes of home and the Yemen humanitarian crisis.

War in Yemen began in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings of 2011. More than eight years later, personal stories and ind...
27/11/2019

War in Yemen began in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings of 2011. More than eight years later, personal stories and individual perspectives are helping us understand the course of this conflict and its devastating consequences. #InsideYemenCrisis http://ow.ly/dec450wYevp

This field gun fired the first British shell of the First World War in Belgium in 1914. Although damaged in the first fe...
25/11/2019

This field gun fired the first British shell of the First World War in Belgium in 1914. Although damaged in the first few months of the war – the gun was in service until the end in 1918. Visit IWM North to hear more stories from 1914 to the present day. http://ow.ly/VkHa50wYeoV

A perfect storm of conditions in Yemen has led to what the UN describes as the “world’s worst” man-made crisis. Visit ou...
22/11/2019

A perfect storm of conditions in Yemen has led to what the UN describes as the “world’s worst” man-made crisis. Visit our exhibition #InsideYemenCrisis to hear personal accounts of the consequences of this conflict: iwm.org.uk/yemen

21/11/2019

Unfortunately, we're now closed for the rest of the day
due to a power cut. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The RMS Lusitania was hit by a German submarine in 1915. Struck without warning and sunk in under twenty minutes, 1,201 ...
19/11/2019

The RMS Lusitania was hit by a German submarine in 1915. Struck without warning and sunk in under twenty minutes, 1,201 lives were lost. The ship’s rusting and damaged bell has now returned to permanent display at IWM North. Plan your visit to learn more. http://ow.ly/aiOR50wYdYX

Since 2016 Yemen has suffered the worst single cholera outbreak on record. Visit our IWM North exhibition to understand ...
16/11/2019

Since 2016 Yemen has suffered the worst single cholera outbreak on record. Visit our IWM North exhibition to understand what led to the life-threatening conditions caused by this conflict. #InsideYemenCrisis http://ow.ly/PmIY50wYdUL

“I recorded the words from a telephone box in East Germany, with a big roll of coins. If you listen back to the original...
14/11/2019

“I recorded the words from a telephone box in East Germany, with a big roll of coins. If you listen back to the original report, you can hear the pulsing of the coins dropping in every 10 seconds.”

David Loyn covered the fall of the Berlin Wall for BBC Find out how he did it: http://ow.ly/GYae50xaOIr

More than half the population of Yemen lack adequate access to safe water. Hear some of the stories about the impact thi...
14/11/2019

More than half the population of Yemen lack adequate access to safe water. Hear some of the stories about the impact this has on their lives as part of the #InsideYemenCrisis exhibition.

Image: © Care International

This is one of the earliest poppies from the 1921 Poppy Appeal, instigated by Field Marshall Earl Haig and continued to ...
11/11/2019

This is one of the earliest poppies from the 1921 Poppy Appeal, instigated by Field Marshall Earl Haig and continued to this day by the Royal British Legion. See many special First World War objects on permanent display at IWM North. Plan your visit today. http://ow.ly/wWEs50wYdqI

Watching They Shall Not Grow Old on BBC Two this evening? Don’t forget you can see a special Big Picture Show at IWM Nor...
10/11/2019

Watching They Shall Not Grow Old on BBC Two this evening? Don’t forget you can see a special Big Picture Show at IWM North, featuring footage from the film.

Plan you visit to Life on the Line. http://ow.ly/ajE850x5JS1
© IWM

Today is Remembrance Sunday, when those who have died in conflict are remembered across the nation. Frank Tolley flew on...
10/11/2019

Today is Remembrance Sunday, when those who have died in conflict are remembered across the nation.

Frank Tolley flew on Lancaster bombers towards the end of the Second World War, including on bombing raids over Germany. He saw first-hand the devastating impact of war and volunteers at IWM North, sharing his wartime experiences with visitors.

“We all need each other, near and far…why on earth we have to have wars I don’t know,” he says.

Frank sells poppies for the Royal British Legion but Remembrance Day can be a sad time for him. Frank survived the war and had children and grandchildren. However, over 55,000 Bomber Command aircrew did not come home.

Learn more about his story: http://ow.ly/qrpb50x5Jra

Visit IWM North tomorrow – Sunday 10 November – to hear a debut by all-female group FUSION and new Ben Lunn composition ...
09/11/2019

Visit IWM North tomorrow – Sunday 10 November – to hear a debut by all-female group FUSION and new Ben Lunn composition as they Break the Silence.
http://ow.ly/xkeq50wYcCA

The Big Picture Show is an award-winning part of IWM North’s permanent exhibition. Our latest addition is Life on the Li...
08/11/2019

The Big Picture Show is an award-winning part of IWM North’s permanent exhibition. Our latest addition is Life on the Line: with footage from Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, currently showing daily at 2pm. http://ow.ly/ZiE950wYcrw

"There was a sense that this was a defining moment, something historical."David Loyn was a BBC reporter sent to cover th...
08/11/2019

"There was a sense that this was a defining moment, something historical."

David Loyn was a BBC reporter sent to cover the protests that would eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Learn more about his memories of that time and find out what others recall about life in divided Berlin: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-of-the-wall

Share your own memories with us using the hashtag #VoicesOfTheWall.
© IWM CT 2226

08/11/2019

Thierry Noir started painting on the Berlin Wall in 1984—the first artist to paint long stretches of it. He remembers the day the wall fell as one of the most emotional days of his life.

Visit IWM North on 8 and 9 November to hear from other people who lived through the Cold War and remember the fall of the Berlin Wall. http://ow.ly/KmoC50x5Bj5

Visit IWM North on 9 and 10 November 2019, for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Join an exclusive co...
06/11/2019

Visit IWM North on 9 and 10 November 2019, for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Join an exclusive conversation with members of our Subject Specialist Network and meet eyewitnesses who experienced the Cold War. http://ow.ly/MChZ50wYclU

On Sunday 10 November, IWM North will Break the Silence. This year's performance features a new piece by composer @Benlu...
04/11/2019

On Sunday 10 November, IWM North will Break the Silence. This year's performance features a new piece by composer @Benlunn and a debut by all-female group FUSION in collaboration with @Drake_Music. Visit IWM North this remembrance weekend. http://ow.ly/ooe450wYaGw

Don't miss a special opportunity to 'Meet the Author' at IWM North tomorrow at 11am and 2pm. Gary Bridson-Daley will be ...
01/11/2019

Don't miss a special opportunity to 'Meet the Author' at IWM North tomorrow at 11am and 2pm. Gary Bridson-Daley will be signing copies of his book 'The Last Heroes' which includes interviews from forty-two veterans and original poetry from eyewitnesses.

http://ow.ly/Du8H50wZw1r

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01/11/2019

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31/10/2019

"It’s more than planes, or shards of building remains". IWM North is about individual stories. Experience our collection, our intentionally disorientating building and the immersive Big Picture Show and change your perspective at iwm.org.uk/north

Whose stories do we remember? And why?Inspired by forgotten stories from the Second World War, Drake Music and young wom...
30/10/2019

Whose stories do we remember? And why?

Inspired by forgotten stories from the Second World War, Drake Music and young women from FUSION are ready to break the silence on Remembrance Sunday with a brand new piece of music aimed at challenging the ways in which we remember.

Hear it for the first time on November 10.

29/10/2019

Our #InsideYemenCrisis season takes individual stories and contextualises conflict. Young Yemeni-British poets creatively explored their roots in writing workshops with performer Amerah Saleh, and the results form a powerful conversation with the exhibition at #IWMNorth.

Today we played host to leading vet charity PDSA - Saving Pets, Changing Liveswho run the world’s most distinguished and...
27/10/2019

Today we played host to leading vet charity PDSA - Saving Pets, Changing Liveswho run the world’s most distinguished and respected animal awards programme. The Dickin Medal, recognised internationally as the animal’s Victoria Cross, recognises extraordinary animals who have seen conflict. Mali, one of the latest medal recipients, came along to the museum today to meet families. Now retired, Mali was a British Military working dog who was instrumental in saving the lives of British troops in Afghanistan. We also ran storytelling sessions about other medal recipients and working animals. You can read about some of their stories here: http://ow.ly/y62330pMOqh

This is Joe from the Defence Animal Training Unit British Army and he’s here today with his human handlers to meet famil...
26/10/2019

This is Joe from the Defence Animal Training Unit British Army and he’s here today with his human handlers to meet families to tell us all about what jobs animals do. Joe is here until 3pm today so come and say hello!

Today and tomorrow, true tales take over IWM North. Visit with your family for storytelling adventures about IWM and PDS...
26/10/2019

Today and tomorrow, true tales take over IWM North. Visit with your family for storytelling adventures about IWM and PDSA’s most distinguished and respected animal award winners. http://ow.ly/8Cno50wAgRy

Illustration copyright © [Richard Jones] from 'Tales of Amazing Animal Heroes'

Today IWM announces a new exhibition coming to IWM North in 2020, Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire (15 May 2020 – 10 Janua...
25/10/2019

Today IWM announces a new exhibition coming to IWM North in 2020, Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire (15 May 2020 – 10 January 2021).

The exhibition will take as its focus the humanitarian organisations around the world who work to support, care for and protect vulnerable populations forced to leave everything they know behind because of conflict.

Using personal stories and real-life objects from aid workers on the front line, the exhibition will explore the practical, ethical and emotional challenges each faces, highlighting the complexities of contemporary conflict

The exhibition is part of IWM’s Refugees season which will also include a series of events, as well as an exhibition and art commission at IWM London.

Find out more about IWM’s plans for 2020 http://ow.ly/MokI50wSTW9.

© ICRC/Hussein Baydoun. Lebanon, Baalbek district, Arsal refugee camp. The ICRC helps more than 600 families without enough bread and fuel to stay warm after heavy snowfalls.
#IWM2020

This weekend see the new Puffin/IWM book Tales of Amazing Animal Heroes jump off the page, with interactive storytelling...
23/10/2019

This weekend see the new Puffin/IWM book Tales of Amazing Animal Heroes jump off the page, with interactive storytelling adventures around #IWMNorth. Visit with your family to hear about medal winning dogs, pigeons, horses and cats! http://ow.ly/q3A850wAgPB

This month – IWM has teamed up with ‘Talking Pictures’ to bring historic films out of the archive. This afternoon, watch...
23/10/2019

This month – IWM has teamed up with ‘Talking Pictures’ to bring historic films out of the archive. This afternoon, watch Oscar winning documentary ‘The True Glory’ (1945). Visit IWM North to see the Oscar itself on display in the Main Exhibition Space. https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/news/26

In Yemen, 50% of the population have limited access to clean, affordable drinking water. This has devastating consequenc...
21/10/2019

In Yemen, 50% of the population have limited access to clean, affordable drinking water. This has devastating consequences for families. Visit #IWMNorth exhibition to understand the impact of this conflict. #InsideYemenCrisis http://ow.ly/iyPb50wAgKJ

Image: © Care International

Experience storytelling and hands-on workshops. Create, film and feature in your own mini-documentary, and meet war vete...
17/10/2019

Experience storytelling and hands-on workshops. Create, film and feature in your own mini-documentary, and meet war veterans and eyewitnesses. For all these activities, all during October half term, visit #IWMNorth with your family: http://ow.ly/ragQ50wAgxg

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The Quays, Trafford Wharf Rd
Manchester
M17 1TZ

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. Visit our website for further transport information, http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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