17 February – 25 February 2024

10am – 4pm, drop-in

IWM North

Learning Room


Family taking part in table top activities

Discover amazing stories of animals heroes who have helped the war effort from the First World War to the present day.

Learn about the Dickin Medal – awarded to the bravest animals who have served to help the war effort and discover the story of its first recipient Winkie the Pigeon, in this brand new activity.

Learn more about the heroic deeds of Winkie and other amazing animals. Create your own messenger pigeon and test out their flying. 


Suitable for children 5+ years. For families attending with additional younger children, step-free accessibility information can be found here.


Animals and War

Scene from Animals and War Big Picture Show
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Part of the Big Picture Show at IWM North. 

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Check out our online learning resources.

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    Amazing Animals

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    IWM experts Clare and Roly are here to show you some photos from IWM’s collections of different animals in wartime. Each of these animals had a very specific job… but what were they?

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