IWM North

IWM North is about people and their stories – it is about how war continues to shape and change lives.

Our Main Exhibition Space takes you through a timeline of wars Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in from the First World War to the present day. Six walled off spaces called ‘Silos’ within the space look at themes common to all conflict – from the role of women, to science and technology.

Our Special Exhibition Gallery houses changing exhibitions, and is currently home to From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region, which reveals the important contribution the North West made to the First World War both at home and on the frontline.

IWM North was the first building in the UK to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The striking steel building was created to reflect the subject matter of war; three ‘shards’ pieced together represent a globe that has been shattered by conflict, and though put back together again, will never be the same. The building is unlike a traditional museum; intentionally disorientating, sometimes even unsettling, to give you an immersive experience.

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