Main Exhibition Space

From the possessions of the famous nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping soldiers to safety in the First World War, to the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross of Simon Cupples, a British platoon commander in Afghanistan who crawled to within 15 metres of heavy Taliban machine gun fire to save the lives of several men, every object on display at IWM North tells a remarkable personal story.

Within the Main Exhibition Space, trace the history of conflict from 1914 to the present day by following the Timeline along the gallery walls and visit the six Silos to find out more about key themes.

Families can delve deeper into some of the subjects explored in the gallery at our hands-on Action Stations.

Throughout the day, be submerged in the sights and sounds of conflict in the Big Picture Show, a 360-degree audio-visual experience completely unique to IWM North.

You can also get to grips with history at the TimeStacks, where you can handle real objects and discover the stories behind them.

Our Top Ten

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

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Eating and Drinking

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Overlooking MediaCityUK and The Quays, the WaterShard Café is a relaxing place to take a break during your visit.

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