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. 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 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

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Our Main Exhibition Space tells countless stories of ordinary people during extraordinary times. From topical toilet pap...
13/10/2020

Our Main Exhibition Space tells countless stories of ordinary people during extraordinary times. From topical toilet paper to delicate paper wedding garlands. This photograph shows a homemade garland adorning the flagstaff at Rosyth for an officer's wedding in 1943. See more in our Second World War timeline segment at IWM North: https://bit.ly/2GeNZGb

At IWM North we tell extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Some ordinary people have fought in conflicts all over th...
11/10/2020

At IWM North we tell extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Some ordinary people have fought in conflicts all over the world, some ordinary people are passionately opposed to conflict. We try to see both sides of the picture. Our big picture show featuring Tony Walsh's poem 'Mightier than War' includes some of our collections images from 'the day the world said no to war'. Read more of that story here https://bit.ly/3n6oC9W

11/10/2020

IWM North is currently experiencing some issues with the fire alarm system.

We are working to fix this as soon as possible in order to allow visitors access to the museum. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay in opening this morning.

[Update]

IWM North has now resolved the issue with the fire alarm system and is open to the public. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum today and hope you enjoy your visit.

IWM's Refugees Season unlocks personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to ...
09/10/2020

IWM's Refugees Season unlocks personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them. What choices would you make in a difficult situation? Use our specially designed interactives to test yourself against the same tough dilemmas humanitarians face working in conflict zones. https://bit.ly/2GaxlaE

Towns and cities in the North became famous in the First World War for 'Pals Battalions'. In two days, over 200 Preston ...
05/10/2020

Towns and cities in the North became famous in the First World War for 'Pals Battalions'. In two days, over 200 Preston men formed the company of the 7th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. With the introduction of conscription in 1916, the close-knit nature of the Pals battalions was never to be replicated.

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Imperial War Museum North's cover photo
02/10/2020

Imperial War Museum North's cover photo

Open Today. 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' brings together powerful stories from conflict zones. Faced with practical,...
02/10/2020

Open Today. 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' brings together powerful stories from conflict zones. Faced with practical, emotional and ethical challenges on a daily basis, explore an insider perspective on how aid workers choose who to help and decide which risks to take. Book your free ticket https://bit.ly/2GaxlaE

Our 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' exhibition opens at IWM North tomorrow. Every day, around the world aid workers fac...
01/10/2020

Our 'Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire' exhibition opens at IWM North tomorrow. Every day, around the world aid workers face huge challenges. Step into their shoes and explore the real-life consequences of their tough decisions. https://bit.ly/2GaxlaE

Sergeant Lincoln Orville Lynch DFM was an air gunner serving with No. 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Here he is photogra...
01/10/2020

Sergeant Lincoln Orville Lynch DFM was an air gunner serving with No. 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Here he is photographed wearing his flying kit by the rear turret of a Handley Page Halifax at Pocklington, Lincolnshire. Lynch, from Jamaica, volunteered for service in the RAF in 1942, and in 1943 won the Air Gunner's trophy for obtaining the highest percentage of his course. This portrait is currently on display as part of the visual wallpaper at IWM North. Happy #BlackHistoryMonth!

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Imagine living and fighting in a turbulent world, rocked by conflict on a daily basis. Then a surrender note like one of...
29/09/2020

Imagine living and fighting in a turbulent world, rocked by conflict on a daily basis. Then a surrender note like one of these dropped from the sky? These were intended for use as safe conduct passes, and allowed Iraqi soldiers to safely cross US and Coalition lines. By 28 February 1991, 80,000 Iraqis had surrendered.

Discover more contemporary war stories at #IWMNorth. https://bit.ly/31w3xNI

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What would you take, if you were helping those that were fleeing? What would be useful? What would be comforting?These a...
26/09/2020

What would you take, if you were helping those that were fleeing? What would be useful? What would be comforting?

These are the questions our new exhibition answers with the powerful stories of those who risk their lives on the ground during refugee crises. Visit Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire from 2 October: https://bit.ly/3kHdTkg

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We're delighted to have won Marketing & Communications Strategy of the Year at the Museums + Heritage Awards!Our campaig...
23/09/2020

We're delighted to have won Marketing & Communications Strategy of the Year at the Museums + Heritage Awards!

Our campaign Yemen: Inside a Crisis was "subversive, creative, emotionally intelligent and with marketing an intrinsic part of the exhibition"

Well done team!

You can learn more about Yemen's on-going conflict and humanitarian crisis on our website: http://ow.ly/U0MT50ByPVV

Imperial War Museum North's cover photo
21/09/2020

Imperial War Museum North's cover photo

The best way to get to IWM North is on public transport. Our nearest tram is the new Imperial War Museum stop. But if yo...
20/09/2020

The best way to get to IWM North is on public transport. Our nearest tram is the new Imperial War Museum stop. But if you’re able to drive, we have a secure 160 space car park including blue-badge spaces. Charges from the car park support our stories!

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18/09/2020

'It's more than tanks and bombs and cars.' Our collection is not just the objects it holds. It's the powerful story behind each object that tells a tale of resilience and suffering, or friendship and loyalty. Help us tell the stories that deserve to be heard, become an IWM member today: https://bit.ly/3hwp5PM

Being an aid worker can be dangerous. It might involve working away from home, sometimes in hostile environments. But it...
16/09/2020

Being an aid worker can be dangerous. It might involve working away from home, sometimes in hostile environments. But it can be rewarding too. Hear the personal stories of aid workers in our exhibition Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire from 2 October: https://bit.ly/3gpTn5i

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IWM North was purpose-built to tell the powerful personal stories of over a century of war. We're open for exploration w...
13/09/2020

IWM North was purpose-built to tell the powerful personal stories of over a century of war. We're open for exploration with a cashless system so please bring your card or contactless device. For more info, and free advance tickets visit: https://bit.ly/31w3xNI

'It's more than planes, or shards of building remains' the stories that we tell at IWM North observe, witness, hold to a...
11/09/2020

'It's more than planes, or shards of building remains' the stories that we tell at IWM North observe, witness, hold to account and have gravity. Experience these powerful stories on the anniversary of an act of conflict that has shaped and shaken our world today. https://bit.ly/31w3xNI

Everything that you've grown during this extraordinary year taken root? Some of it ready for harvest? Take inspiration f...
09/09/2020

Everything that you've grown during this extraordinary year taken root? Some of it ready for harvest? Take inspiration from the hard graft of the Women’s Land Army. Read our story featuring images from IWM’s collections: http://ow.ly/X1Ry50B9lDX

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While we weigh up our return to work, staying safe means something totally different when your day job is in a conflict ...
07/09/2020

While we weigh up our return to work, staying safe means something totally different when your day job is in a conflict zone.

Discover powerful stories about life as an aid worker in our new exhibition Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire. Visit from 2 October. https://bit.ly/2EiZBXS

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During the Second World War, German-born actress Marlene Dietrich performed with the USO (United Service Organizations),...
05/09/2020

During the Second World War, German-born actress Marlene Dietrich performed with the USO (United Service Organizations), boosting the morale of allied servicemen.

See the specially made service uniform she wore when you visit #IWMNorth https://bit.ly/31w3xNI

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04/09/2020

Persecuted for who you are and threatened by violence, fleeing home is often the only action open to refugees—as IWM curator Simon Offord explains. Part of #IWMRefugees, watch our full film here: https://youtu.be/H2WGE9tiOxw

Take part in a unique yoga class surrounded by historical images of exercise projected on the 27ft high walls of our exh...
03/09/2020

Take part in a unique yoga class surrounded by historical images of exercise projected on the 27ft high walls of our exhibition space. Come and engage with our collection in a new and dynamic way, while enjoying a breath to movement class led by Claudia Mirallegro. https://bit.ly/3aVU2dA

02/09/2020

What forces people to flee? When your home becomes a battlefield, refugees are left with little option but to seek safety elsewhere.

IWM curator Simon Offord explores the stories that make up a century of refugee crises in our film: https://youtu.be/H2WGE9tiOxw

01/09/2020

It might be convenient today to use the idea of the ‘Blitz Spirit’ to try and bring people together, but the reality of that period of time is a lot more complex—as our second Mythbusting episode explains.

Unlike today when shopping can be done in well stocked supermarkets with international supply chains, buying groceries d...
31/08/2020

Unlike today when shopping can be done in well stocked supermarkets with international supply chains, buying groceries during the Second World War meant visiting individual shops.

When rationing was really in full swing, shortages increased and long queues became commonplace. Luckily of course, there was no need for social distancing back then.

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We are open for curious minds this final weekend of the Summer Holidays. We’re still on limited daily capacity, to give ...
29/08/2020

We are open for curious minds this final weekend of the Summer Holidays. We’re still on limited daily capacity, to give you space to explore safely. Head to our website to pre-book your free timed ticket. See you soon. https://bit.ly/39C0lT3

28/08/2020
Family Mission: Throwback Games

Ben Shires is joined by some very special guests this week to bring you the final Family Mission challenge of the summer.

Our We Were There team have really missed seeing you all in the museum so they’ve remotely set your challenge this week. Do let us know in the comments below how you get on so we can let the team know!

You can find your full mission briefing here: http://ow.ly/3hos50BbpBr

Good luck!

Be a cheerleader for IWM. This group of Indian soldiers are taking part in a gymnastics display in May 1916. Learn more ...
26/08/2020

Be a cheerleader for IWM. This group of Indian soldiers are taking part in a gymnastics display in May 1916. Learn more about this event and help tell the stories that deserve to be heard. Become an IWM member: https://bit.ly/30RyT0B

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CBBC favourite Ben Shires brings you the final Family Mission of the summer. Don’t forget to tune in on Friday for your ...
26/08/2020

CBBC favourite Ben Shires brings you the final Family Mission of the summer. Don’t forget to tune in on Friday for your next challenge!

25/08/2020

Invoking visions of gritty determination and togetherness, leaders have leaned on the Blitz Spirit long since bombing ceased in the Second World War.

But how accurate is this idea? Should we really be made to believe that everyone can pull together in a national crisis?

We take a look in our next Mythbusting series—watch part one and let us know what you think.

These are the boots of Major Stephen Brooks. In fear of losing his shoes, or even his feet, in conflict in Iraq, he atta...
21/08/2020

These are the boots of Major Stephen Brooks. In fear of losing his shoes, or even his feet, in conflict in Iraq, he attached ID tags to his laces. Gain full perspective on this, and more powerful stories, in our Contemporary Conflict Case at IWM North.

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21/08/2020

It’s time for take-off with this week’s Family Mission: Made to Measure. CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is here to make sure you have the perfect conditions to work in! ✈️

Find your full mission briefing here: http://ow.ly/Ng4F50B4piz

Being an aid worker can be dangerous. It might involve working away from home, sometimes in hostile environments. But it...
19/08/2020

Being an aid worker can be dangerous. It might involve working away from home, sometimes in hostile environments. But it can be rewarding too. Hear the personal stories of aid workers this #worldhumanitarianday https://bit.ly/3iFeiTg

© ICRC/Hussein Baydoun

It’s almost time for takeoff with this week’s Family Mission challenge. Tune in on Friday for a Family Mission inspired ...
19/08/2020

It’s almost time for takeoff with this week’s Family Mission challenge. Tune in on Friday for a Family Mission inspired by Cockpit Control at Imperial War Museum Duxford!

Meet back here at 11:00 AM on Friday for your made to measure mission briefing with CBBC Presenter Ben Shires!

Find out more about Cockpit Control here: http://ow.ly/UG6Y50B2xoQ

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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

Opening Hours

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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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.
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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
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