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.
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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

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?Then be sure to join us...
01/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?

Then be sure to join us for this Wednesday’s special D-Day episode of Adventures in History.

On Friday, we have another top-secret mission for you, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare: http://ow.ly/U0cp50zTF4Z

Between March-June 1941, east Yorkshire suffered heavily in the Blitz. For security reasons, news reports referred to Hu...
01/06/2020

Between March-June 1941, east Yorkshire suffered heavily in the Blitz. For security reasons, news reports referred to Hull as a 'north-east town'. This meant that many people were unaware how badly the town suffered during the sustained air raids that summer. https://bit.ly/34PAd4D

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Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?Then be sure to join us...
01/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?

Then be sure to join us for this Wednesday’s special D-Day episode of Adventures in History.

On Friday, we have another top-secret mission for you, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare: http://ow.ly/FO1150zTF51

This photograph from our collection bears its original 1942 title 'Lancashire lads in training' and shows the Lancashire...
29/05/2020

This photograph from our collection bears its original 1942 title 'Lancashire lads in training' and shows the Lancashire Fusiliers on exercise in full kit in Northern Ireland. Can you imagine how it felt to jump that trench with that many kilos on your back?

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27/05/2020
Adventures in History: Life Under the Sea

Can you imagine what it would be like to live at the bottom of the sea?

This week CBBC Presenter Ben Shires interviews our special guest Ed, from HM Naval Base Clyde Ed will tell us all about what it’s like to work on a submarine and spend months living deep beneath the waves. He will share how he keeps busy below sea level and what it’s like to have sea creatures for neighbours!

You can find the episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQJSJSwrXdU&feature=youtu.be

Do you have any questions about the stories discussed in this episode? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

Can you imagine what it would be like to live at the bottom of the sea? This week our special guest is Ed from the Royal Navy is interviewed by CBBC presente...

Adventurers, your mission this week is to look below the surface. Adventures in History is heading under the sea to unco...
25/05/2020

Adventurers, your mission this week is to look below the surface. Adventures in History is heading under the sea to uncover stories about submarines!

Tune in on Wednesday to join special guest Ed, from HMNB Clyde as he explores what life is like below sea level. As a real life submariner Ed will share some amazing stories that you certainly won’t have heard in the classroom!

On Friday you’ll be assigned a secret mission that will help you to stay in touch while you adventure beneath the waves.

Want to start preparing for your mission before Wednesday? Have a peek at this film from our collections exploring Royal Navy Submarines: http://ow.ly/Y30150zNBkQ

When people talk about 'Blitz spirit' what do they mean? Maybe the huge number of ordinary people willing to help out. T...
24/05/2020

When people talk about 'Blitz spirit' what do they mean? Maybe the huge number of ordinary people willing to help out. The Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) was created in 1938. By the time war broke out it had 165,000 members & by 1941, membership was 1 million.

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22/05/2020
Family Mission: Mystery Messages

Psst! We need you, yes YOU, and your super spy skills for this week’s Family Mission! Undercover agent and CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is setting your top-secret mission this week from a hidden location…

Find your instructions for this week’s mission here, including a sneak peek at Agent Shires’ top-secret identity card, good luck agents! http://ow.ly/3zwa50zMI09

Did you know that the largest munitions factory of the Second World War was at Chorley, Lancashire, which employed betwe...
16/05/2020

Did you know that the largest munitions factory of the Second World War was at Chorley, Lancashire, which employed between 35-40,000 workers. Read more about the war at home here: https://bit.ly/3bkBiDS

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15/05/2020
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It’s time to dust off those paint brushes, pencils and crayons and get creative with IWM expert, Paris!

This week we want you to take inspiration from the British war artists from the First and Second World Wars whose job it was to record the many different aspects of war; from queuing up at the shops to fighter planes in the skies over London.

Your mission is to pick up a pencil, crayon or paintbrush and create a picture of life at home during lockdown.

Send us your pictures in the comments below!

13/05/2020
Adventures in History: Painting Life

Did you know that just like soldiers, artists also play an essential role in war efforts?

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris this week as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War. War artists didn’t just paint scenes on the battlefield, they also captured everyday life and showed how ordinary people’s lives were shaped by war.

Do you have any questions about the artists or artworks discussed in this episode? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

You can watch over on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/LiR55xyqOmQ
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This week, we're exploring some paintings from the Second World War era. Curators Paris and Becky tell us that an artist’s most important skill is looking, r...

Join our team by becoming an IWM Member. Support our world renowned collections and learn about the history of sports in...
11/05/2020

Join our team by becoming an IWM Member. Support our world renowned collections and learn about the history of sports in conflict. Help tell the stories that matter and join online now: https://www.iwm.org.uk/membership

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08/05/2020
Family Mission: VE Day House Party

It’s VE Day! Your Family Mission this week is to swing into the VE Day Bank Holiday and (house) party like it’s 1945.

CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is setting your mission again this week with the help of our friends over at Jitterbug Jive who are going to show you some vintage dance moves to celebrate in style.

Head over to YouTube for the tutorial: https://youtu.be/TP-hnT_B1w4

In May 1941, Liverpool was bombed almost every night for a week. 1,900 people died, 1,450 seriously wounded & 70,000 mad...
08/05/2020

In May 1941, Liverpool was bombed almost every night for a week. 1,900 people died, 1,450 seriously wounded & 70,000 made homeless. Today is the 75th anniversary of VE day, but it's important to remember how bittersweet that was at the time. https://bit.ly/3bkBFP4

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08/05/2020
Voces of War #Victory75

“It was all so sad. But there was the other side that was so wonderful.”

On VE Day, join together with those who were there on 8 May 1945. Listen to Voices of War here: https://bit.ly/2WbKzsY #Victory75

06/05/2020
Adventures in History: VE Day - Parties in the Street

What does the ‘VE’ in VE Day stand for? What was the cause for so much celebration?

Join IWM expert Vikki this week as she shares real life stories of celebration and revelry in the wake of the VE Day announcement of 1945. Vikki will be sharing personal stories from those who remember taking to the streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Have any questions about the street parties of VE Day? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.
https://youtu.be/Sxv6adwq3C8

What does the ‘VE’ in VE Day stand for? What was the cause for so much celebration? Join IWM expert Vikki this week as she shares real life stories of celebr...

05/05/2020
Voces of War #Victory75

What did victory really mean?

From Prime Minister Winston Churchill, to the people on the ground, hear the story of VE Day from those who were there with our three Voices of War sound compilations. We'll be live from 6.00 AM on Friday. Find out more: http://bit.ly/39Cdvyj #Victory75

Did you visit IWM North for our Animals in Conflict event last year? We've been re-reading the terrific tales about what...
04/05/2020

Did you visit IWM North for our Animals in Conflict event last year? We've been re-reading the terrific tales about what some super special animals got up to in times of war, check them out online: https://bit.ly/3ahxfH2

© IWM Q 47559

This week we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Wednesday’s episode of Adventures in History will be a very...
04/05/2020

This week we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Wednesday’s episode of Adventures in History will be a very special affair indeed!

On Friday, we’ll be teaching your family some new moves. Join us for a #Victory75 soiree inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.
Want to get started before Wednesday? Have a look at this short film which explains what VE and VJ day were: http://ow.ly/g7IM50ztWi3

29/04/2020

Our video asks ‘why do we need to tell the stories of war?’ The answer is that these stories–of human resilience, suffering, loyalty and defiance in adversity–deserve to be heard. Help us tell them, become a member today: https://bit.ly/2X9f2bM

Whether you’ve got wings, paws or feet, everyone affected by war and conflict has a special story to share.Join IWM expe...
29/04/2020

Whether you’ve got wings, paws or feet, everyone affected by war and conflict has a special story to share.

Join IWM expert Clare this week as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes and the important roles they played in supporting war efforts. Clare will tell us about animals that are super smart and can do amazing things that modern equipment and highly skilled people cannot!

Have any questions about animals in wartime? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

Click the following link to watch now: https://youtu.be/o49NRch9J-g

Animal lovers, this week is for you! In this week’s edition of Adventures in History we will meet some very special four...
27/04/2020

Animal lovers, this week is for you! In this week’s edition of Adventures in History we will meet some very special four-legged adventurers.

Tune in this Wednesday to watch an IWM expert share their favourite stories of animal heros that you won’t have heard in the classroom.

On Friday, we’ll be sharing a creature-themed challenge for the whole family inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Keen to get cracking before Wednesday? Here are 12 ways animals have helped the war effort:
http://ow.ly/Ghy950zmvuk

OTD in 1951, UN forces lost ground, faced with thousands of Chinese troops employing disorientating ‘human wave’ tactics...
23/04/2020

OTD in 1951, UN forces lost ground, faced with thousands of Chinese troops employing disorientating ‘human wave’ tactics during the Korean War. The 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regt took the brunt of the Chinese attack and withdrew to Hill 235, later known as ‘Gloster Hill’ https://bit.ly/3456BQq

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Did you know IWM Duxford was the first place to have the famous Spitfire fighter plane?Join IWM expert Craig this week a...
22/04/2020

Did you know IWM Duxford was the first place to have the famous Spitfire fighter plane?

Join IWM expert Craig this week as he shares real life stories about brave pilots and aircraft that flew from IWM Duxford. He’ll tell us about a pilot who succeeded against the odds and share stories of his furry co-pilot:

http://ow.ly/fZPh50zl8Xy

Do drop any questions you have in the comments of this post.

The calm before the storm - this photo was taken on the first sunny day this year! IWM North is temporarily closed but i...
21/04/2020

The calm before the storm - this photo was taken on the first sunny day this year! IWM North is temporarily closed but it's a great place to hear stories of calm & chaos, peace & war. Check out some of our online content whilst our branches are closed: https://bit.ly/2R1GfJW

17/04/2020
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This week your mission is to put yourself in the shoes (or the taste-buds!) of families in the Second World War.

Rationing meant that foods such as eggs, butter and meat were often in short supply. Ingenuity and inventiveness were needed to satisfy a family’s sweet tooth.

Get together to try this Eggless Jam Sponge recipe, hot from the IWM archives, and solve the mystery of how to bake an eggless cake.

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

If you took part in the Eye as Witness Virtual Reality Experience at IWM North earlier this year, the University of Nott...
15/04/2020

If you took part in the Eye as Witness Virtual Reality Experience at IWM North earlier this year, the University of Nottingham would like to hear from you, click below to take an online survey”*

*please be advised you will be directed to a third party website.

https://bit.ly/3aTAJRu

© National Archives, Washington, Stroop Report Image No 89835b

Can you really make a tasty cake from vegetables?Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her little houseboat on the River Thames ...
15/04/2020

Can you really make a tasty cake from vegetables?

Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her little houseboat on the River Thames as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War. How would you have gotten creative in the kitchen to keep your family well fed?

Remember Ngaire will be on hand for one hour from the time of posting to answer your questions in the comments live: https://youtu.be/pKSEGFCI8jw

We're sad to have cancelled our Spies and Disguise event this weekend. But look out for some spies-related family and ho...
15/04/2020

We're sad to have cancelled our Spies and Disguise event this weekend. But look out for some spies-related family and home school activity on our digital channels really soon, and in the meantime... you can still buy the book in our online shop: https://bit.ly/3e0T154

During the First World War, Flora Lions was given access to industry across Yorkshire and the North to document the war ...
14/04/2020

During the First World War, Flora Lions was given access to industry across Yorkshire and the North to document the war effort in her paintings. This unusual scene shows the camrederie of women in their factory canteen Phoenix Works, Bradford. Do come and see the painting - on permanent display at IWM North - when we re-open. In the meantime, read more about the stunning wartime works of female painters: https://bit.ly/2JyGA2o

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"It was Easter time – Easter Friday and Easter Saturday – they were terrible days of fighting [...] And I thought what a...
11/04/2020

"It was Easter time – Easter Friday and Easter Saturday – they were terrible days of fighting [...] And I thought what a funny time to start an offensive, Easter time, you know, it seemed all wrong to me."

Victor Polhill, British Private reflects on the battle of Arras in 1917. ©️ IWM (Q 2825) https://bit.ly/39C0JPM

Check out the hundreds of artworks and historic objects you can browse in our collections online! A particular highlight...
08/04/2020

Check out the hundreds of artworks and historic objects you can browse in our collections online! A particular highlight is JRR Tolkien's Webley Mk V revolver. Learn more about his wartime service: https://bit.ly/39ywpp1

Why were air raid shelters needed in the Second World War?Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her cosy houseboat on the River ...
08/04/2020

Why were air raid shelters needed in the Second World War?

Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her cosy houseboat on the River Thames as she tells real life stories of how people passed the time—whether they sheltered in their back garden or in underground tunnels.

What would you have taken inside to keep yourself and your family entertained?

Remember Ngaire will be on hand for one hour from the time of posting to answer your questions in the comments live.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/QAGWXBG8YRU

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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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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 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
Great museum, would recommend for anyone and everyone to visit.
My name is Nikos Deas and im from Greece. I found an article in a Greek newspaper from the 60s that has an article for Hitler. Ιt is supposed to be Hitlers political testament to Bormann. I asked Mr James Holland if he read this testament and he told me that he did and that is in your Museum. Did Hitler mention Greece in this testament and the support to Mussolini? And that he wanted to invade to USSR from 15 of May but he delayed because the help to Mussolini in Greece?
In 1919, civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois wrote that America’s Black soldiers were returning from WW1 to fight for democracy at home – civil and human rights. What of the Black experience in the Caribbean at this time? Here, a Black Jamaican WW1 veteran recalls the grinding poverty faced by returning Black soldiers in the British Caribbean. See his on-camera testimony in Mutiny - now available on Amazon Prime, and, Vimeo On Demand. Please visit our website for details – http://www.sweetpatootee.co.uk/work/mutiny/ #AAAM2019 #BlackHistoryMonth2019 #blackhistorymonth #oralhistory #blackexperience #slavestocitizens #newnegroes #caribbeanstudies #windrush #blackrenaissance #ww1 #firstworldwar #westindies #caribbeanhistory #diaspora #turningpointr&d #sweetpatooteearts
www.ww1monumenta.com is ANNOUNCING A NEW WEBSITE of over 2500 stunning 360 degree panoramas of more than 500 Commonwealth WW1 and 12 WW2 cemeteries. Four years in the making and now availabe for all: families, researchers and students.
A short animation I made. On Christmas Eve, 1914, German and British soldiers dropped their guns, grabbed the rum, and shared a beautiful, peaceful, gathering in No Man's Land. They wanted to continue this fragile peace, and bring an end to the war. but their superiors threatened imprisonment and execution. The fighting resumed.
Visited you today. I was surprised to find there isn't a single ww2 related medal on display, apart from a gentleman sitting near the exhibition (David) wearing his medals. I didn't expect to see cases full of medals but 1 or 2 sets would have been interesting to see. There are ww1 sets and more recent sets but nothing from the 2nd ww. Is there a reason for this, even the stewards were surprised when I mentioned it.