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From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region

Our new exhibition, the largest of its kind, reveals the important contribution the North West made during the First World War.

Marking the 100 year commemoration we have gathered together over 200 objects, films, sound recordings, photographs, artworks and letters. The displays include items from IWM’s unrivalled national collections and from personal public donated items, many of which have never been on public display before.

Find out how the war affected the region and discover how the society we live in today was born out of the rapid changes that resulted from the First World War.

Discover stories of remarkable individuals - from Clement Attlee, who went on to become Prime Minister,  poet Wilfred Owen and celebrity musician Vesta Tilley, to previously unknown Tommies, medics and civilians.

As the North West was a major focus for recruitment, many left the region for the first time to serve across the globe. The exhibition features previously unpublished stories of soldiers, sailors and pilots who fought in all major campaigns, from Gallipoli in Turkey to the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium.

Founded in 1917 to mark the sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers alike, IWM is a world leading authority on the First World War. This will be IWM’s first major exhibition marking the centenary in 2014.


Sponsored by Bonhams, Little Greene Paint Company, Private White VC, and supported by the Professional Footballers Association and The Zochonis Charitable Trust.



Sat 5 April 2014



Events Programme

Find out more about our special series of First World War Centenary events accompanying the exhibition

See our events programme

Our Top Ten

Here are ten of our most intriguing, dramatic, and powerful experiences and objects.

View the full-screen slideshow

Brush up on your History

From women war workers in the North West to photos of life in the trenches, learn some surprising facts about the First World War.

Browse our history section

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