Imperial War Museum North – Manchester

The Quays, Trafford Park, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester
North West England, United Kingdom
Email: iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk
Phone: +44 (0)161 836 4000
Website: http://www.iwm.org.uk/
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Museum Type: History / City

The Imperial War Museum North (also known as IWM North) in Manchester is a museum focused on the history of conflicts and their impact on human society.

Building
One of the five museums of the IWM network, the IWM North is housed since 2002 in an iconic building, designed by celebrated American architect Daniel Libeskind, which has soon become a city landmark.

Located on Manchester’s waterfront, the building is composed of three main architectural elements, called “shards”, physically and ideally interconnected to one another “The design concept is a globe shattered into fragments and then reassembled. The interlocking of three of these fragments—representing earth, air, and water—comprise the building’s form” says Daniel Libeskind about the museum’s architecture.
The “Earth” shard accommodates the museum’s galleries; the “Air” shard houses the main entrance and educational spaces; and the “Water” shard accommodates a panoramic platform, a restaurant, a cafe, and a performance space.

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Daniel Libeskind Imperial War Museum North Manchester elevations

IWM North, ground floor plan; west and east elevations; images courtesy of Studio Libeskind

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Permanent exhibition
The core exhibition of the IWM North focuses on human conflicts, and depicts their history, aftermaths and impact on people’s life through a vast set of objects – manly dating from the World War I onward – photos and documents, but also including multimedia installations – such as a large 360 degrees audio-visual exhibit entitled “the big picture show” – so to make present-day visitors better understand what the war experience actually was (and still is).

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Photo ©BitterBredt

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Photo Nilu Izadi

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Photo McCoy Wynne photography

The Imperial War Museum North regularly organizes temporary exhibition, special events, guided tours, and special activities for kids, families, and schools. By climbing the 180 steps of the museum “shard” tower, the public get an impressive panoramic view over the city of Manchester.
The museum’s building, accessible to all visitors, includes a children-friendly café and a museum shop.

Photos courtesy of IWM North and Studio Libeskind

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