IWM North Daytime Events and Conferences

Contact us:

Opened in June 2017, the WaterShard provides dedicated private event spaces with state of the art AV technology, air conditioning and stunning views of The Quays and MediaCityUK. The flexible spaces offer a range of options for day time meetings for 2 to 120 delegates, and can be used for evening networking or dinners for up to 80 guests.

Exclusive to our venue hire customers, we offer special bespoke tours developed around a theme of your choice. Alternatively as part of your event you can view our latest major exhibition. Your guests can also take one of our special exhibitions highlights tours, which are timed to meet your schedule.


Maximum capacity WaterShard 1 & 2 combined:

  • 120 theatre
  • 90 cabaret

Maximum capacity WaterShard 3:

  • 40 theatre
  • 30 Cabaret
  • 20 boardroom


WaterShard Autumn/Winter Day Delegate Rate  

DDR @ £32.95 + VAT per person*


  • Hire of new conference room in WaterShard overlooking The Quays
  • 3 x serving of tea/coffee/Biscuits   
  • Seasonal Hot and Cold Buffet Lunch
  • Complimentary scones with cream and jam with your afternoon break
  • LED screen
  • LED Lighting
  • Flipchart with pad and pens
  • Conference pads and pens
  • Conference sweets
  • Blackout facilities
  • Access to Museum Exhibitions and viewing of 360 degree audio visual show
  • Cloakroom facilities
  • Set up and breakdown of the room
  • Event manager to ensure a smooth running of your event
  • Lectern and microphone
  • Built in PA system
  • Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary on-site car parking


*Minimum numbers and terms and conditions apply

Summer Party Package

This £36.95(+VAT) package* includes a complimentary cocktail drinks reception on our Quay Side overlooking MediaCityUK and The Quays and our new upgraded HD 360 degree digital wallpaper system. Choose from one of four themes: Enchanted Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Art Deco or Manchester City Skyline.

*Terms and conditions, including minimum numbers, apply. Package available until 14th October 2017.


"We held our annual NPEx User Group at the Imperial War Museum North in July 2017, within the newly refurbished Watershard Conference Centre. Throughout preparations and the event itself, the team at the IWM North were simply wonderful and accommodated our requirements for the rooms perfectly. The lunch menu was fantastic and the views which we had overlooking the Quays were exceptional. I have received endless positive feedback from our delegates about the venue choice, location and lunch menu and I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone at the IWM North from the NPEx Team for making the NPEx User Group 2017 such a resounding success."

The National Pathology Exchange.