Women and War

Group Visits

Entry to IWM North is free.

All group visits must be booked at least four weeks in advance and are subjects to availability.

What do we offer to Booked Groups?

  • Meet and Greet on arrival. Your group will be met by a member of the learning team who will  assist with navigation and provide access to an area to store belongings
  • Free access to the Air Shard viewing platform
  • A room for lunch (subject to availability)
  • Access to downloadable resources
  • Free coach parking

Gallery Activites

Ideal for smaller groups or those who want a less structured look at artefacts.  These sessions can accommodate a maximum of 20 people and last for 20 minutes. Charges apply and sessions are subject to availability.

Object handling sessions

Object Handling sessions can accommodate a maximum of 20 people and last for 20 minutes. Cost: £35 per group of 20.  Ideal for smaller groups or those who want a less structured look at artefacts.  Suitable for adults and young people aged 7 years and above. Choose from the following themes:

Protecting the Past (Conservation)

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the theme of conservation and care of artefacts. Includes items showing the processes and importance of different conservation techniques and methods.

Wartime Communication

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the use of gas as a weapon from the First World War onward by handling genuine artefacts. .

Trench Life 1914-1918

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the experiences of soldiers during the First World War trenches by handling genuine artefacts and hearing personal stories.

Rationing and Recycling 1939-1954

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore rationing and the impact it had on society by handling genuine and replica artefacts.

The Children’s War

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the way the Second World War changed the lives of children in Britain including evacuation and rationing.

Struggle of the Superpowers (Cold War)

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the Cold War and the ideological and political conflict between the West, led by the United States, and the Eastern bloc led by the Soviet Union. 

The Holocaust

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the personal stories of real people during the Holocaust through personal belongings and documents. 

Blitz on Britain 1940-1941

In this gallery-based handling activity, a member of staff will help you explore the themes of air raids, blackout and civil defence by examining genuine and replica artefacts.

Journey's from the North 1914-2003

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore stories of people of the North of England and the countries they travelled to while serving with the armed forces.

Preserving the Past

In this gallery-based activity, a member of staff will help you explore the theme of conservation and care of artefacts. Includes items showing the processes and importance of different conservation techniques and methods.

Tours

Tours can accommodate a maximum of 20 people and last for 20 minutes. Cost: £35 per group of 20. Suitable for adults and young people aged 13 years and above.  Choose from one of the following themes:

Building on the past

An introductionto the architecture of Daniel Libeskind's iconic building and the war-time history of Trafford Park.

From Street to Trench

An introduction and highlights tour of our special exhibition From Street to Trench: a World War that Shaped a Region (Available from April 5 2014 until May 31 2015)
 

Learning from Artefacts

Explore personal stories through examining real artefacts and archive material.  Cost: £65 per group of 30. Choose from one of the following themes:

Stories of Twentieth Century Conflict

Suitable for adults and young people aged 9 years and above.

Develop research skills by exploring four personal stories linked to conflicts from First World War, Second World War and the Iraq War 2003.  Participants will handle real artefacts, learn correct handling techniques, develop research skills and explore primary evidence from sound, objects and documents.

The First World War

Suitable for adults and young people aged 13 years and above.

Participants explore the impact of the First World War by examining artefacts and archive material linked to themes such as life in the trenches, the Eastern and Western Fronts, and the role of women.

If you would like to arrange a visit please complete our online group visit request form.

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