Permanent

IWM North

The WaterWay

Free event with general admission

Peter Thomas
Image used with kind permission of the Trustees of the RAF Museum

Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain reveals the forgotten histories of service personnel and civilians who came to Britain during the Second World War – a time when the national and ethnic diversity of the population was unprecedented.

The powerful stories in this small display are based on specially recorded oral histories, presented alongside archive material and new research by the University of Huddersfield in partnership with IWM.

Whilst our galleries are temporarily closed - you can still explore the many stories of wartime Britain in our collections online.

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Location

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Address

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Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester
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