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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. 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.
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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

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

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Tickets for this year's Duxford Summer Air Show are now on sale to IWM members. On 24-25 July IWM Duxford will play host...
24/06/2021

Tickets for this year's Duxford Summer Air Show are now on sale to IWM members. On 24-25 July IWM Duxford will play host to a jampacked weekend of exhilarating aerial entertainment for all the family, including contemporary jets, vintage aircraft and dynamic aerial displays.

We’ve been working hard with partners across the aviation community to plan for a fantastic season of flying events in 2021 and we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Find out more about how you can become a member here: bit.ly/3xvubn4

Credit: Red Arrows 45147902. Crown copyright 2008

Tickets for this year's Duxford Summer Air Show are now on sale to IWM members. On 24-25 July IWM Duxford will play host to a jampacked weekend of exhilarating aerial entertainment for all the family, including contemporary jets, vintage aircraft and dynamic aerial displays.

We’ve been working hard with partners across the aviation community to plan for a fantastic season of flying events in 2021 and we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Find out more about how you can become a member here: bit.ly/3xvubn4

Credit: Red Arrows 45147902. Crown copyright 2008

This week is Refugee Week 2021, so we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features ...
18/06/2021

This week is Refugee Week 2021, so we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Gareth Owen says he "fell into the humanitarian world" after seeing a job advert in a newspaper looking for someone with his background in engineering. Almost thirty years on, he is still working in the sector and is now Humanitarian Director for Save the Children UK.

Gareth has worked in countries including Somalia, Angola, Uganda, Kosovo, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, each location bringing its own unique set of challenges. He believes that despite the difficulties that aid workers face, especially in counties enduring protracted conflicts, “relentless stubborn hopefulness keeps you going”.

Learn more about his story by booking your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

This week is Refugee Week 2021, so we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Gareth Owen says he "fell into the humanitarian world" after seeing a job advert in a newspaper looking for someone with his background in engineering. Almost thirty years on, he is still working in the sector and is now Humanitarian Director for Save the Children UK.

Gareth has worked in countries including Somalia, Angola, Uganda, Kosovo, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, each location bringing its own unique set of challenges. He believes that despite the difficulties that aid workers face, especially in counties enduring protracted conflicts, “relentless stubborn hopefulness keeps you going”.

Learn more about his story by booking your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

This week is Refugee Week 2021, so we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features ...
17/06/2021

This week is Refugee Week 2021, so we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Natalie Roberts has worked as a doctor in conflicts and emergency situations in countries including the Central African Republic (CAR), Pakistan, Ethiopia, Yemen and Syria. She is now based in Paris as an emergency operations manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, where she manages teams responding to emergencies around the world.

Learn more about Natalie's story by booking your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

This week is Refugee Week 2021, so we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Natalie Roberts has worked as a doctor in conflicts and emergency situations in countries including the Central African Republic (CAR), Pakistan, Ethiopia, Yemen and Syria. She is now based in Paris as an emergency operations manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, where she manages teams responding to emergencies around the world.

Learn more about Natalie's story by booking your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

For #RefugeeWeek2021 we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibit...
16/06/2021

For #RefugeeWeek2021 we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Noor is the Area Programme Manager for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in the central region of Afghanistan. NRC’s programmes for refugees and internally displaced people provide support ranging from shelter to legal advice and education.

Afghanistan has been experiencing conflict and instability for more than 40 years. Noor was a child refugee himself when his family had to flee Afghanistan in the early 1990s, an experience that made him determined to help others in the same situation.

Learn more about his story by booking your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

For #RefugeeWeek2021 we're shining a spotlight on individuals whose important work with refugees features in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Noor is the Area Programme Manager for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in the central region of Afghanistan. NRC’s programmes for refugees and internally displaced people provide support ranging from shelter to legal advice and education.

Afghanistan has been experiencing conflict and instability for more than 40 years. Noor was a child refugee himself when his family had to flee Afghanistan in the early 1990s, an experience that made him determined to help others in the same situation.

Learn more about his story by booking your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

This week is #RefugeeWeek2021, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees a...
15/06/2021

This week is #RefugeeWeek2021, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' at IWM North brings together powerful stories from conflict zones, focusing on the people and organisations around the world who work to support, care for and protect vulnerable people, forced to flee their homes.

This week, we'll be shining a spotlight on three individuals - Noor, Natalie and Gareth - whose important work features in our exhibition: bit.ly/3iixGJc

© ICRC / Dibeh Fakhr

This week is #RefugeeWeek2021, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' at IWM North brings together powerful stories from conflict zones, focusing on the people and organisations around the world who work to support, care for and protect vulnerable people, forced to flee their homes.

This week, we'll be shining a spotlight on three individuals - Noor, Natalie and Gareth - whose important work features in our exhibition: bit.ly/3iixGJc

© ICRC / Dibeh Fakhr

In 1990, Scottish artist Jock McFadyen was commissioned by Imperial War Museums to record life in Berlin after the fall ...
10/06/2021

In 1990, Scottish artist Jock McFadyen was commissioned by Imperial War Museums to record life in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. The body of work he produced provides an unparalleled perspective on the city, its community and urban landscape, in a moment of redefinition.

Here, 'Die Mauer' shows the Berlin Wall in a state of ruin. The idyllic landscape and deep orange sun visible through window-like openings in the Wall are suggestive of a new era in Berlin's history. In 'Christmas in Berlin', on the other hand, McFadyen has blurred the distinction between the Wall and the cityscape, creating a sense of their inseparable history.

Come and see these powerful paintings in our Main Exhibition Space by planning your visit to IWM North today: bit.ly/34xiO1o

As an industrial hub, the North West of England had a significant role to play in the production of munitions needed for...
08/06/2021

As an industrial hub, the North West of England had a significant role to play in the production of munitions needed for the First World War. With men recruited for the armed forces, women were called upon to work in labs, mills and factories, ultimately leading to a radical change in the industrial workforce. These photographs from our collection show the incredible range of essential products made by women in the North-West during the war.

Read the full story on our website: bit.ly/3g1zEe8

Our Matilda II tank is one of just 500 that were built at Horwich Locomotive Works near Bolton. One of the most effectiv...
06/06/2021

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 of its time, today our mighty Matilda sits at IWM North, not far from its birth place, to help tell the story of British defence during the Second World War.

You can help keep local stories alive by supporting IWM as a member. In return you'll uncover a host of benefits including free unlimited admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.

Find out more about membership online: bit.ly/2TuOjXs

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 of its time, today our mighty Matilda sits at IWM North, not far from its birth place, to help tell the story of British defence during the Second World War.

You can help keep local stories alive by supporting IWM as a member. In return you'll uncover a host of benefits including free unlimited admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.

Find out more about membership online: bit.ly/2TuOjXs

05/06/2021
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"We're not saints, we're not heroes"

What is it really like to be a humanitarian aid worker? We teamed up with BBC Ideas to hear from Natalie Roberts, Noor Nawaz and Gareth Owen, three aid workers featured in our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'. You can watch the full video here: bbc.in/3tUtj9l

And for more, visit IWM North to learn about the people working to support, care for and protect vulnerable people, forced to flee their homes because of conflict. Book your free ticket to 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' today: bit.ly/3piuA9x

02/06/2021
CALLING BLIGHTY NO 273 (MANCHESTER AREA)

"This is grand to be able to speak to you like this!"

This short film is from an extraordinary collection called Calling Blighty, in which armed forces personnel stationed in India and the Far East during the Second World War recorded messages to be sent back home. Here men from the South Lancashire Regiment stationed in India, are given a few seconds each to record a message that 12 weeks later would have been screened for their loved ones back home in local Manchester cinemas.

Somewhat like a one-way Zoom call, these moving videos were produced to improve communications with home and raise morale for troops who were often stationed abroad for many years at a time.

You can explore the full Calling Blighty series on IWM's Film Archive: bit.ly/2T9i9R9

Adventurers wanted... Positions available immediately!IWM North is packed full of stories, but we need your wits and ima...
29/05/2021

Adventurers wanted... Positions available immediately!

IWM North is packed full of stories, but we need your wits and imagination to help uncover them this half term. Get up close to real life artefacts everyday in Story Seekers - explore some of the most interesting and unusual stories of conflict, from people who braved shark-infested waters to ingenious nurses and those who built new machines fit for warfare.

Find out more here: bit.ly/3vwBs5o

Adventurers wanted... Positions available immediately!

IWM North is packed full of stories, but we need your wits and imagination to help uncover them this half term. Get up close to real life artefacts everyday in Story Seekers - explore some of the most interesting and unusual stories of conflict, from people who braved shark-infested waters to ingenious nurses and those who built new machines fit for warfare.

Find out more here: bit.ly/3vwBs5o

We're all about people and their stories, exploring lives affected by conflict from the First World War to the present d...
26/05/2021
IWM North | Reopening from 19 May 2021

We're all about people and their stories, exploring lives affected by conflict from the First World War to the present day. A visit to IWM North can be a walk through history, an immersive Big Picture Show or the discovery of a new exhibition like 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire'.

Whatever you choose to explore, your safety is our priority, so we've made a number of changes to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Find out more and book your visit today: bit.ly/3nvu9HX

IWM North is currently closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen from 19 May 2021.Your safety is our priority. We have made ...

We are looking for Photography and Film Volunteer Models!There's lots to look forward to at IWM North and we need your h...
22/05/2021

We are looking for Photography and Film Volunteer Models!

There's lots to look forward to at IWM North and we need your help to shout about it! You’ll have the chance to feature on IWM’s website, social media, leaflets and could even be the first to experience new exhibitions and events.

We’re looking for individuals, couples and families to join us - everyone is welcome to apply. No modelling experience is necessary, just a passion for IWM’s subject and mission, as well as a willingness to take part in photo/film shoots.

Find out more and apply here: bit.ly/3y79NK0

We are reopening today and we can't wait to welcome you! Book your free ticket to discover stories of conflict from the ...
19/05/2021

We are reopening today and we can't wait to welcome you!

Book your free ticket to discover stories of conflict from the First World War to the present day and don't miss our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' open now.

Plan your visit: bit.ly/3tnABlD

We are reopening today and we can't wait to welcome you!

Book your free ticket to discover stories of conflict from the First World War to the present day and don't miss our exhibition 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' open now.

Plan your visit: bit.ly/3tnABlD

We’re gearing up to reopening and can’t wait to welcome you back in just a few days! In the meantime, why not plan your ...
16/05/2021

We’re gearing up to reopening and can’t wait to welcome you back in just a few days! In the meantime, why not plan your history fix by booking one of our online talks and tours taking place this Spring.

All tours are delivered live by IWM experts, with a chance to ask your questions at the end.

- The Spitfire : 23 May
The Spitfire was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and became the symbol of British defiance in the air. Dive deep into the story of this “poem of speed and precision”.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3fb0fq7

- Churchill’s War Rooms : 4 June
Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions. Experience the power of the War Rooms from the comfort of your home with this new online tour, delivered live by our experts.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3qbz8x1

- Extraordinary highlights from the collections : 18 June
Travel through all five of IWM’s iconic museums and sites in one virtual tour – an exploration of our most fascinating objects and the curious stories behind them. From the spitfire found buried on a beach to J. R. R. Tolkien’s revolver from the First World War, uncover the highlights from our collections.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3gOXI66

- The Holocaust Exhibition : 30 June
Our world-renowned Holocaust Exhibition tells the story of the N**i persecution of Jewish people and other groups before and during the Second World War. With this new online tour you’ll be guided through our collection of photographs, documents and artefacts to better understand the origins and implementation of the ‘Final Solution’.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3vrpc5E

We’re gearing up to reopening and can’t wait to welcome you back in just a few days! In the meantime, why not plan your history fix by booking one of our online talks and tours taking place this Spring.

All tours are delivered live by IWM experts, with a chance to ask your questions at the end.

- The Spitfire : 23 May
The Spitfire was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and became the symbol of British defiance in the air. Dive deep into the story of this “poem of speed and precision”.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3fb0fq7

- Churchill’s War Rooms : 4 June
Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions. Experience the power of the War Rooms from the comfort of your home with this new online tour, delivered live by our experts.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3qbz8x1

- Extraordinary highlights from the collections : 18 June
Travel through all five of IWM’s iconic museums and sites in one virtual tour – an exploration of our most fascinating objects and the curious stories behind them. From the spitfire found buried on a beach to J. R. R. Tolkien’s revolver from the First World War, uncover the highlights from our collections.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3gOXI66

- The Holocaust Exhibition : 30 June
Our world-renowned Holocaust Exhibition tells the story of the N**i persecution of Jewish people and other groups before and during the Second World War. With this new online tour you’ll be guided through our collection of photographs, documents and artefacts to better understand the origins and implementation of the ‘Final Solution’.
Book today: https://bit.ly/3vrpc5E

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The Quays, Trafford Wharf Rd
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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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Would this be something you guys would be interested in having a look at? I'll preface it with what I wrote this morning. A STORY When I moved into my house I already knew the elderly lady who lived next door-but-one. One day when I was visiting her she told me that when she had bought her flat on the top floor many years before, an old lady named Mary had lived on the ground floor. Though she ended her days in Saltburn, Mary was originally from Darlington and during the First World War had worked in a café run by her parents in Skinnergate, Darlington. During The Great War, from 1916 onwards, the 2/5 Bedfordshire Regiment were billeted in Darlington in empty houses and school buildings and times when they weren’t on parade or required for duties they would often wander down to the Hortons’ Café in Skinnergate, to supplement their meagre camp food with cake and buns and to chat up Mary. No shrinking violet herself, apparently Mary was quite capable of fetching them a clip round the ear if they came on too strong. When Mary died she left my friend a small autograph book containing page upon page of messages from the 2/5, many written to Mary herself – it seems a good few Bedfords were quite taken with her. Sad, shy, heartfelt, silly, witty, even nonsense, each page is the voice of a different soldier. I have no idea what happed to Mary between 1919 and her death many years later. Maybe she married one of the Bedfords? Maybe it even ended happily because as a territorial battalion, the 2/5 never saw active duty – though they would have been on immediate active service in the event of an enemy landing on our shores. Before my friend died she gave that small autograph book to me. I keep it safe. We Will Remember Them.
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Hello there - I was wondering if there was any unpaid/paid positions vacant at the museum? I have a years experience working in another museum, as well as a Master's Degree in History and am looking for a new challenge after COVID-19 hit my prospects. Any information would be welcome! Joe
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I believe this photo was taken on or shortly after VE Day at Cross Hill Congregational Church, Lancaster. My Mum, Mona Margaret Wilde, is holding me, second from the left in the back row. My sister and brother, Joan Elizabeth and Michael John George, are in the front row. Peter Barry Wilde
Rochdale VE Day Parade 1945. We hope you find the following of interest. #Victory75 https://www.rmnf.org.uk/ve-day-rochdale/
My son has been given this coin/token, it has European war 1914-1919 stamped on it, does anybody have any more information about it.. Thanks
My Little Lad,Sam Oliver, wanted to do something a bit different during half term for his World War 2 research into the Matilda 2 Tank. So, we made this.... https://youtu.be/5Yfb5OoIMu0 He's trying to get to 100 Views
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to this wonderful Man ❤️ My family and I were humbled to spend a short amount of time talking to this highly decorated soldier yesterday ! Although he was telling us a football related story about his time in the Army and although he was smiling as he spoke his eyes were like a window to his soul. I’m sure today for him and many others is a bitter reminder of all they sacrificed for us to have a future. Sending love to Doug and all the heroes of war ❤️
We visited IWM North about a month ago, as part of our Son's homeschooling. He is currently learning about WW2 and at the time was covering WW1. The staff (including volunteers) were lovely, especially Julie, who greeted us in the morning and when we was carrying out her role throughout the day and saw us, she'd come up and ask us how we were finding it and recommending bits to look out for. There was also a lovely gentleman on admissions who also served us at the end of the day when we purchased some books. I forget his name, but he recommended which of the hourly shows would be most beneficial and told us which was his personal favourite, so we checked that one out too. I'm pretty sure we'll be visiting again in the future, as there was so much to do and see, I think we need to come again and spot things we didn't notice the first time. Thank you to everyone who helped us on the day and hopefully we'll see you all again soon!
Met fantastic volunteer staff from IWM Manchester, including Tekkt at Duxford. Would encourage anyone who has time to pay a visit to Manchester IWM