21 – 29 October 2023

10am – 4pm, drop-in

IWM North

Learning Room


Family taking part in table top activities

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Dickin Medal, 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 create a medal for your animal hero.

From dogs and horses to bears and pigs, brave animals have accompanied men and women into combat throughout history. As modes of transport and communication, protectors and companions, they have fulfilled a variety of roles at war. Match up the role to the animal to learn more about the various ways animals have helped.


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

Exhibitions and Installations

Animals and War

Scene from Animals and War Big Picture Show
Daily at 11am
IWM North

Part of the Big Picture Show at IWM North. 

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Can’t visit us?

Check out our online learning resources.

  • Adventures in History: Amazing Animals graphic

    Amazing Animals

    Join IWM expert Clare as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes. Clare will tell us about animals that are super smart and can do amazing things that modern equipment and highly skilled people cannot!

  • Poster for Family Mission: Animal Investigators

    Family Mission: Animal Investigators

    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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