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 Ea See the moving artwork Poppies, now on permanent display.
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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. 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. The installation is one of many artworks at IWM North created in response to war and conflict, including the architecture of the building itself. Our dedicated team of volunteers are on hand to help you with your visit. Look out for veterans on selected days who tell stories about their service. Enjoy handmade, locally produced food and cakes in our Café & Kitchen and browse retro gifts and souvenirs our onsite shop. Our social media house rules can be found here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/policies/social-media

Don't miss out on our story seekers trail running at IWM North this Christmas!Discover stories of mascots, morale and th...
27/12/2023

Don't miss out on our story seekers trail running at IWM North this Christmas!

Discover stories of mascots, morale and the Dickin medal by exploring our real museum objects and learn more about the role of amazing animals during wartime.

Every day until 3 January, plan your visit: https://bit.ly/41ebowD

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from IWM North!This Christmas promotional poster issued by the Scottish War Savings C...
25/12/2023

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from IWM North!

This Christmas promotional poster issued by the Scottish War Savings Committee during the First World War encouraged people to participate in a public saving scheme to aid the war effort.

Discover more from IWM's collection: https://bit.ly/3ZwgMdH

© IWM (Art.IWM PST 10134)

The Princess Mary Gift Fund was inaugurated in October 1914 to provide a Christmas present to every serviceman at the fr...
22/12/2023

The Princess Mary Gift Fund was inaugurated in October 1914 to provide a Christmas present to every serviceman at the front or at sea in the First World War.

These brass tin boxes were mainly aimed at smokers and contained to***co, ci******es, a pipe and lighter, and a Christmas card. It was decided that non-smokers should be accounted for too, who instead received writing paper and a pencil.

Over 2.6 million tin boxes were produced in total, similar to the one pictured which can be found on display at IWM North.

© IWM EPH 2026

Animal lovers wanted this Christmas! Come and explore our story seekers trail at IWM North. 🎄Get hands on with real muse...
19/12/2023

Animal lovers wanted this Christmas! Come and explore our story seekers trail at IWM North. 🎄

Get hands on with real museum objects and uncover stories about the role of amazing animals during wartime.

Our free activity is running from 27 December to 3 January, plan your visit: https://bit.ly/41ebowD

Join us tomorrow for   at IWM North and meet children's author Tom Palmer who will be signing copies of his wartime nove...
25/11/2023

Join us tomorrow for at IWM North and meet children's author Tom Palmer who will be signing copies of his wartime novels and discussing his new work, Football's Greatest Moments.

11am-3pm, Sunday 26 November.

Free for visitors, find out more: https://bit.ly/47hoTOi

Open from today at IWM North, Perspectives: Remembrance is an exhibition of photographic-based artworks created by a gro...
23/11/2023

Open from today at IWM North, Perspectives: Remembrance is an exhibition of photographic-based artworks created by a group of young people who have experience of conflict.

The exhibition is a culmination of a workshop-led project held with 8 survivors from the 2017 Manchester Arena attack.

Visit The Waterway Space at IWM North to see their work on display: https://bit.ly/47pKeow

This Remembrance Sunday, visitors at IWM North can join in observing a two-minute silence at 11am and hear performances ...
10/11/2023

This Remembrance Sunday, visitors at IWM North can join in observing a two-minute silence at 11am and hear performances from musicians at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3tP39u4.

© IWM - Poppies at IWM North

This Cold War painting from artist Paul Hogarth's Berlin Wall commission (1981) depicts truck drivers handing over docum...
03/11/2023

This Cold War painting from artist Paul Hogarth's Berlin Wall commission (1981) depicts truck drivers handing over documentation at Checkpoint Bravo before crossing the border.

Now on display at IWM North.

© IWM Art.IWM ART 15294

Come and visit our Family Hub this October half term at IWM North!Learn about the Dickin Medal, awarded to the bravest a...
20/10/2023

Come and visit our Family Hub this October half term at IWM North!

Learn about the Dickin Medal, awarded to the bravest animals who have served to help the war effort and create a medal for your own animal hero.

Drop in daily from 21 to 29 October: https://bit.ly/3PBSc6q

IWM North are recruiting for Front of House volunteers!Join us for our Volunteer Open Afternoon on Sunday 22 October fro...
18/10/2023

IWM North are recruiting for Front of House volunteers!

Join us for our Volunteer Open Afternoon on Sunday 22 October from 1-3pm to find out more about how you can help us tell the stories that matter.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3tspAoX

From survival at sea to astonishing acts of bravery, every one of our objects at IWM North has a story to tell. Explore ...
02/10/2023

From survival at sea to astonishing acts of bravery, every one of our objects at IWM North has a story to tell. Explore our collection with the Story Seekers trail, running every weekend.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3CJSNOG

This Sunday is the last day to see Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors at IWM North.Witness the powerful photo...
28/09/2023

This Sunday is the last day to see Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors at IWM North.

Witness the powerful photographs capturing the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families: https://bit.ly/3PkMWUy

There are less than four weeks left to experience Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors at IWM North.See over 60...
04/09/2023

There are less than four weeks left to experience Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors at IWM North.

See over 60 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families, as they shine a light on the full lives they've lived: https://bit.ly/3Ee2sfk

This week, a major new sculpture has gone on permanent display at IWM North.‘Man on Fire’ by British sculptor Tim Shaw i...
08/07/2023

This week, a major new sculpture has gone on permanent display at IWM North.

‘Man on Fire’ by British sculptor Tim Shaw is influenced by images of the 2005 Basra riots during the Iraq War, and was also inspired by photographs of the 2007 Glasgow airport attack and by Shaw's own memories of growing up during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Cast in bronze and measuring just under five metres high, the sculpture captures the moments of a person on fire, caught between life and death.

Plan your visit to IWM North today: https://bit.ly/2DZD7Vw

© IWM Richard Ash

Man on Fire, a major outdoor sculpture by acclaimed British sculptor Tim Shaw comes to IWM North 7 July 2023, taking its...
27/06/2023

Man on Fire, a major outdoor sculpture by acclaimed British sculptor Tim Shaw comes to IWM North 7 July 2023, taking its place alongside several works of art from IWM's collection being newly displayed as part of a summer of art.

Monumental in scale, Man on Fire captures the dreadful moments of a person on fire, caught between life and death and is inspired by images of the 2005 Basra riots, the 2007 Glasgow airport attack and Shaw's own childhood in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3CQef3u

© Steve Tanner

We are saddened to hear of the death of Holocaust survivor Sir Ben Helfgott MBE (22 November 1929 – 16 June 2023). Here,...
16/06/2023

We are saddened to hear of the death of Holocaust survivor Sir Ben Helfgott MBE (22 November 1929 – 16 June 2023).

Here, James Bulgin, Head of Public History at IWM reflects on his life:

"We are desperately sorry to hear of Ben’s passing but so very grateful to have had the benefit of his immense wisdom over the many, many years we did. Ben saw the very worst that human beings could do to each other yet he retained an incredible zest for life. Not only was he incredibly knowledgeable, he was also unfailingly kind, warm and funny. We experienced this most recently through the generous time and support Ben gave while taking part in our Generations photography exhibition.

He leaves behind him a truly remarkable legacy and we will continue to proudly play our role in ensuring that this lives on. On both a personal and professional level, we at Imperial War Museums will miss him very much."

© Frederic Aranda

For any visitors wishing to visit IWM North on Sunday 21 May,  please note there will be a road closure outside of the m...
19/05/2023

For any visitors wishing to visit IWM North on Sunday 21 May, please note there will be a road closure outside of the museum for the Great Manchester Run. Visitors should liaise with stewards who will be located at the junction of Warren Bruce Road and Trafford Wharf Road to gain access. You will not be able to exit by turning left out of the car park but should turn right to exit.

Click here for more detail on the route and road closure: https://bit.ly/3MI9Aq2

IWM would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the oc...
06/05/2023

IWM would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the occasion of the Coronation.

Here a young Prince Charles looks through a periscope onboard the submarine HMS Churchill, February 1972.

©IWM A 35382

Today we take sweet treats for granted, but what can the humble chocolate bar teach us about the Second World War?This E...
08/04/2023

Today we take sweet treats for granted, but what can the humble chocolate bar teach us about the Second World War?

This Easter, find out how chocolate helped power the nation and discover the strange and innovative ways people worked to satisfy their sweet tooth in times of rationing.

Get hands on with real artefacts, explore our galleries and complete the activity to receive a chocolate reward!

Plan your visit: https://bit.ly/3KdPanh

© IWM EPH 10283

The German Army of 1914 was confident of victory. In August, they launched a huge enveloping attack through Belgium, sma...
07/04/2023

The German Army of 1914 was confident of victory. In August, they launched a huge enveloping attack through Belgium, smashing the Allied forces in battle after battle, and Germany seemed to be on the brink of victory.

But just as Paris moved into view, the tide of the battle, and arguably the whole war, changed. French and British forces counterattacked at the Battle of the Marne and forced the Germans back, leaving their plan for a short war in tatters. So, what went wrong? Why did the German plan fail? And how close did it come to succeeding?

Watch here: https://bit.ly/3Tv8jV1

When the First World War broke out, Germany had a massive problem. The alliance between France and Russia left them totally surrounded, with only Austria Hun...

Gerda Rothberg was born in East Prussia in 1926 to Rutwin and Anna Josselsohn. Her parents decided the family should fle...
06/04/2023

Gerda Rothberg was born in East Prussia in 1926 to Rutwin and Anna Josselsohn. Her parents decided the family should flee after being detained by the SS but Rutwin was unable to obtain a visa. They made the difficult decision to send Gerda and her two sisters on the Kindertransport alone in June 1939.

Both parents died in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Gerda is pictured with a measuring tape in honour of her beloved father who was a master tailor.

On display in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors: https://bit.ly/3Ee2sfk

© Simon Hill.

IWM North is open every day over the Easter bank holiday weekend!Families can explore our museum collections with a spec...
05/04/2023

IWM North is open every day over the Easter bank holiday weekend!

Families can explore our museum collections with a special chocolate-themed edition of Story Seekers, a free and interactive family activity. Drop in 10am-4pm, daily until 16 April.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3KdPanh

© IWM EPH 10283

Discover what the humble chocolate bar can teach us about the Second World War, meet eyewitnesses to conflict, and show ...
31/03/2023

Discover what the humble chocolate bar can teach us about the Second World War, meet eyewitnesses to conflict, and show off your creative skills by creating your own posters inspired by the 'Dig for Victory' campaign.

Plan your visit to IWM North's free family activities this Easter: https://bit.ly/3LSerF0

© Art.IWM PST 17009

Leonard Kaufmann was born in Germany in 1935. Leonard’s uncle Arthur, who moved to England in 1938, fortuitously met Ron...
30/03/2023

Leonard Kaufmann was born in Germany in 1935. Leonard’s uncle Arthur, who moved to England in 1938, fortuitously met Ronald Argles, who kindly sponsored Leonard, aged four and another 29 children. This enabled them to travel to safety in England on the Kindertransport.

Leonard’s first memory is of sitting on a barstool with a little name tag on, waiting to be collected. He has no memory of his parents Selma and Siegmund or his two siblings Kurt and Erica, who were all murdered.

On display in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors: https://bit.ly/3Ee2sfk

© Simon Hill.

The First World War is often remembered as a futile waste of life. A pointless slugging match that saw uncaring commande...
12/03/2023

The First World War is often remembered as a futile waste of life. A pointless slugging match that saw uncaring commanders send thousands of young men to their untimely deaths.

But were First World War soldiers really lions led by donkeys?

Watch here: https://bit.ly/3HeD374

The First World War is often remembered as a futile waste of life. A pointless slugging match that saw uncaring commanders send thousands of young men to the...

08/03/2023

The Battle of Stalingrad is seen by many as the turning point of the Second World War, but could the outcome of the battle have been decided well before the Germans even reached the city?

Watch this episode of IWM Stories to find out more: https://bit.ly/3EkIQqU

Danny Herman was born in Königsberg in 1935. In 1939, Danny’s father escaped to the Kitchener Camp, a camp for Jewish re...
05/03/2023

Danny Herman was born in Königsberg in 1935. In 1939, Danny’s father escaped to the Kitchener Camp, a camp for Jewish refugees in England. At almost four years old, Danny and his mother left Germany on one of the last boats before the outbreak of war, to join his father in England. Many of his extended family were murdered.

The family later settled in Manchester, and Danny is photographed in his garden surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On display in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors: https://bit.ly/3Ee2sfk

Sisters Gisela Feldman BEM and Sonja Sternberg BEM were born in Berlin.After the November Pogrom in 1938 and the deporta...
02/03/2023

Sisters Gisela Feldman BEM and Sonja Sternberg BEM were born in Berlin.

After the November Pogrom in 1938 and the deportation of their father, they travelled to Cuba with their mother and other refugees on the liner St Louis. However, on arrival, the St Louis was refused entry and sent back towards Europe. Gisela and Sonja finally disembarked in England where they were assisted by the Jewish Refugees Committee.

They both married, had families and settled in Manchester.

They are pictured with a photo of their father who they never saw again.

On display in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors: https://bit.ly/3Ee2sfk

IWM North is packed full of stories, but we need your wits and imagination to explore our collections and find connectio...
01/03/2023

IWM North is packed full of stories, but we need your wits and imagination to explore our collections and find connections.

Learn together as a family about the global impact of conflict from the Second World War to today.

Running every weekend: https://bit.ly/3CJSNOG

Marianne Philipps was born in Berlin and after Kristallnacht, she travelled alone on the Kindertransport to England.  Sh...
28/02/2023

Marianne Philipps was born in Berlin and after Kristallnacht, she travelled alone on the Kindertransport to England.

She is photographed with her two children, Frank and Miriam, and two of her grandchildren, Samuel and Naomi. Marianne is holding the family chronicle on the Hirsch family history, written by Marianne’s father Martin, who was murdered in Auschwitz along with her younger brother.

Marianne has always loved needlework, like her mother. Her grandson is holding one of the tapestries which Marianne created.

On display in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors: https://bit.ly/3Ee2sfk

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