Imperial War Museum North

Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1TZ, UK

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IWM North, or the Imperial War Museum North, is a comprehensive museum showcasing how modern conflicts have impacted society and people across the world. Situated in the borough of Trafford, it is the first branch of the Imperial War Museum to be located in the north of England, and you can find it overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal. When you visit, you’ll find numerous impressive exhibitions in the main gallery space in a chronological display highlighting 6 different themes.
Among the permanent exhibitions here, you’ll find a wide variety of impressive installations. When you visit the earth part of the gallery, you’ll find that the floor is a bit odd. It’s curved slightly to mimic the curvature of the earth. Additionally, you can see military equipment on display including a massive T-34 tank from Russia and an AV-8B Harrier jet used by the United States Marine Corps. The 13-pound field gun that fired Britain’s first shot of Wo is also on display here.

The walls of this museum are particularly interesting in that they hold projected audiovisual presentations that depict themes related to modern conflict. Among them, you’ll find oral recollections of veterans and other personal accounts. Over time, these projections, collectively known as The Big Picture, have become one of the most popular attractions in the entire museum.

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