Groups and Schools

What you can do

IWM is developing a new, exciting and pioneering learning and engagement programme. This will be rolled out in 2017 – in time for the museum's own centenary.

In order to create this programme, and remain relevant to today's audiences, all IWM branches will be pausing staff-lead visitor activities from September 2016 until Spring 2017, with the exception of Holocaust Learning sessions at IWM London and IWM North.

We are sorry for any disappointment caused; however we are sure that the future learning and engagement programme will provide long-lasting benefits for all our audiences. School groups are still welcome to visit all our museums throughout this period as self-guided groups and digital resources are on offer.

Booking a visit

  • All groups and schools must book in advance
  • You will receive a response within ten working days
  • Do not make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation email with your Visit Confirmation Letter attached.
  • Booking information
  • Gift bags are available to be reserved in advance and collected during your visit

Schools request a visit Groups request a visit
Resources for your visit or in the classroom

Frequently Asked Questions

What accessibility provisions do you have at IWM?

See our Accessibility for more details.

What provisions are there for SEN students?

Please get in touch if you have any requirements you wish to discuss.  

Where can we eat lunch?

We have a lunch space for schools and groups. When you book a visit to IWM you will be allocated a lunch time spot.

For groups who wish to purchase refreshments, the WaterShard Café & Kitchen offers a perfect opportunity to take a break during your visit. Head Chef Tony Pickup and his team have created menus inspired by the flavours of the North West. The WaterShard Café & Kitchen is open daily, 10am - 4.30pm, offering homemade bakery, Fairtrade tea and coffee and a fantastic lunchtime menu from 12pm – 2pm, with seasonal salads and sandwiches from our deli bar, as well as a selection of hot food choices. Subject to availability we can reserve space in the café for groups, to find out more, please call the café team on 0161 836 4032.

How do I get to IWM?

All our sites can be reached by public transport. See Plan Your Visit.

Who can I contact to find out more?

If you have any questions email LearningNorth@iwm.org.uk

Do you offer any other taught sessions besides the Holocaust related sessions?

IWM is developing a new, exciting and pioneering learning and engagement programme. This will be rolled out in 2017 – in time for the museum’s own centenary. In order to create this programme, and remain relevant to today’s audiences, IWM will be pausing the delivery of learning sessions (with the exception of Holocaust Learning sessions at IWM London and IWM North) from May to the end of 2016.

Schools and groups are still welcome to visit all our museums throughout this period and digital resources are on offer.

We are sorry for any disappointment caused by the short-term pause in provision of learning sessions; however we are sure that the future Learning and Engagement programme, available from 2017, will provide long-lasting benefits for all our audiences.

What happens to my existing learning session booking?

IWM will honour these bookings.

Do I need to carry out a risk assessment?

Teachers and group leaders are advised to carry out a preliminary visit in advance of their school trip. Please see IWM Identified Risk to help you with your own risk assessment.

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