Bookings are now open for school groups to visit IWM North between September 2018 – December 2019. We also have new classroom resources available, including STEM resources for Key Stages 3 & 4.  Please remember that all UK schools must book in advance (this doesn't apply to overseas schools).

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All schools (UK and overseas) must book in advance.

  1. Fill out the Schools Visit Request Form stating the day(s) you would like to visit
  2. You will receive a response within ten working days
  3. Please don't make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation email with your Visit Confirmation Letter attached.
  4. Check the booking information and Terms and Conditions.
  5. Download a Floor map of IWM North
  6. Identify potential risks during your visit.
  7. Book a gift bag in advance for collection during your visit

Fill out the Schools Visit Request Form to start your booking 

Things to do

First World War Loan Box Content
IWM North
First World War Loan Boxes
Finding Our First World War is a Heritage Lottery funded project running at IWM North which has supported those teaching and learning about the impact of the First World War. 
Two veterans sit in front of a group of children
IWM North
We Were There: Ask Questions About Conflict KS2
This interactive session is a unique chance to meet veterans and eyewitnesses to hear real stories of conflict and build on the Key Stage 2 curriculum through a cross-curricular approach.
Two veterans sit on chairs in front of a group of school children
IWM North
We Were There: Ask Questions about Conflict (KS3)
This interactive session is a unique chance to meet veterans and eyewitnesses to hear real stories of conflict and build on the Key Stage 3 curriculum through a cross-curricular approach.

More Learning Sessions

Schools Programme at Imperial War Museum North. Photographed 21st March 2018.
IWM North
Ministry of Memory: Remembrance from The First World War to today
This interactive session investigates Remembrance and personal stories from the First World War.
Group of School Children on Documentary Challenge
IWM North
Documentary Challenge: Gallery based including First World War, Second World War or post 1945
This interactive session asks students to use historical enquiry skills to make a mini-documentary to question, consider, debate and evaluate sources.

Learn About The Holocaust

Life in Nazi Germany young boys holding flags.
IWM North
The Holocaust: Life in Germany 1919 – 1939
Students will deepen their understanding of how political, economic and social change in Germany affected the people who lived there. 
Holocaust: People and Objects session
IWM North
The Holocaust: People and Objects
Through looking at the artefacts on display and hearing personal stories, students gain an insight into the impact of the Holocaust on survivors and their families.

Tours and Trails

Big Picture Show at IWM North
IWM North
Activity Trails
A series of trails have been created to help your students explore IWM North. Our trails encourage your students to look closely at some key items on display linked to a particular theme.
A family exploring the Main Exhibition Space at IWM North.
IWM North
Self-Guided Visits
Explore displays on First and Second World War themes such as the Blitz, evacuation, life on the home front, rationing and trench warfare.
Frequently asked questions
What accessibility provisions do you have at IWM?

See our Accessibility page 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 IWM North Café 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 IWM North Café is open daily, 10am - 4.30pm, and serves homemade baked goods, Fairtrade tea and coffee, and a selection of fantastic deli sandwiches and salads.

How do I get to IWM?

All our sites can be reached by public transport. Please see TfGM, Google Maps, AA Route Planner or National Rail for more details. 

Who can I contact to find out more?

If you have any questions email

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.