Permanent

IWM North

Main Exhibition Space

Free event with general admission

Immerse yourself in the award-winning 360-degree cinematic Big Picture Show that brings a broad range of perspectives into poignant focus, reflecting not only on the immediate effects of war, but also on what happens when the guns stop firing. Using surround sound, projected digital moving images and photographs, the Big Picture Show brings to life people’s experiences of war.

Recently upgraded to the latest HD technology, the Big Picture Show immerses you in the heart of the action and creates a moving sensory experience.

Shows are projected daily on the 27-foot-high walls of our Main Exhibition Space, each focusing on a different aspect of war.

The War at Home

The Big Picture Show at IWM North
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The War at Home

Ordinary men and women describe what life was like on the home front during the Second World War.

Mightier than War

The Big Picture Show at IWM North
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Mightier than War

Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, explores the dignity of human spirit during conflict:

“Imagine all those faces from the history books, the news;

imagine for one moment that you’re standing in their shoes.

Imagine having hopes and dreams, then everything goes wrong;

and everything you want to be – reduced to just – be strong.”

Children and War

The Big Picture Show at IWM North
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Children and War

What is it like to be caught up in war as a child? Evacuees, refugees, targets and combatants share their experiences.

Life on the Line: with footage from Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old

Life on the Line in the Big Picture Show at IWM North
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Life on the Line: with footage from Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old

 

 

Footage from acclaimed director Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old features alongside digitally transformed film, photographs and audio from IWM’s First World War collection.

Remembrance

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Remembrance

Discover the different ways we remember conflict, from the First World War to the Iraq War.

AL MUTANABBI STREET: A REACTION

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AL MUTANABBI STREET: A REACTION

Experience a creative response to a bomb attack on Baghdad’s bustling Al Mutanabbi Street.

Children and War The Big Picture Show at IWM North
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Life on the Line Big Picture Show
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Big Picture Show Timetable

11am: The War at Home
Noon: Mightier Than War
1pm: Children and War
2pm: Life on the Line: with footage from Peter Jackson's 'They Shall Not Grow Old'
3pm: Remembrance
4pm: Al Mutanabbi Street

More Information

  • Accessibility

    Please be aware that when the Big Picture Show is on, the exhibition space will go dark and there will be loud noises and flashing images which some visitors may find unsettling.

  • Mightier Than War

    Hear the powerful poetry of acclaimed Mancunian poet Tony Walsh alongside poignant imagery from our collections in a brand new Big Picture Show exploring the triumph of the human spirit in times of conflict.