What’s On in the North West

September, 2016

Imperial War Museum North

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style 

Open now until 1 May 2017 

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the announcement of clothes rationing in Britain, join IWM North for the major exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style. This major new special exhibition explores how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing and how despite the restrictions, austerity did not put an end to creative design or fashionable trends on the British home front. As uniforms and utility became commonplace on the streets of 1940s Britain and clothes were rationed for the first time, see how make do and mend, customising and general creativity still allowed men and women across the country to assert their individuality and personal style. Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style brings together exhibits including clothing, accessories, photographs and film, official documents and publications, artworks, wartime letters, interviews and ephemera, some of which have never been on display before. The exhibition presents a sense of what life was like on the home front for men and women during wartime Britain. @IWMNorth #FashionOnTheRation 

Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £4.50, Children (15 and under) £3, Groups of 10+ Adults £5.40, Groups of 10+ Concessions £4. For news and alerts on ticket sales and associated events go to www.iwm.org.uk or call 0161 836 4000.

Battle of the Somme 100 Year Anniversary 

Battle of the Somme: Behind the Lines 

Monday 19 September at 3.15pm 

Free talk 

In a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories of those working behind the lines. From chaplains to medics, hear about the experiences of non-combatants serving at the time of this landmark battle. Join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk and hear the story of Ernest Crosse, chaplain to men of the Devonshire Regiment, who suffered huge losses on the first day of the battle. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

In Focus: Battle of the Somme 

Sunday 18 September at 11.30am 

Free 

New In Focus drop in sessions reveal specially selected archive films, personal stories and artefacts from IWM’s national collection. See excerpts of the Battle of the Somme film, handle period artefacts and be led through the stories of real people whose lives were touched by this landmark battle.

A Closer Look Tour: Somme – Reactions At Home 

Sunday 18 September at 1.30pm 

Free 

In a series of tours marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, explore how

news of the events travelled and what life was like for those on the home front. Discover how New Zealand-born Charles Carrington falsified his age to join the Birmingham Pals, and find out how Vera Brittain volunteered as a VAD nurse whilst her brother Edward was awarded the Military Cross for his actions on the Somme.

ALSO THIS MONTH 

Guest Tour: International Day of Peace 

Wednesday 21 September at 1.30pm and 3.30pm 

Saturday 24 September at 1.30pm and 3.30pm 

A short gallery talk linked to the UN International Day of Peace and its theme for 2016: Building Blocks for Peace. Catherine Roberts, lecturer, researcher and consultant in the fields of cultural heritage, conflict and memory delivers a guest tour marking International Day of Peace. IWM’s collections and displays illustrate the changing nature of violent conflict over the last century. They reveal the complex causes and far-reaching consequences of how we justify, sustain and resolve conflicts. Many factors affect human attitudes towards peace and violence – and the fragile balance between them. In this tour we briefly discuss these factors, tracing contemporary challenges to peace in historic contexts: can our shared human history teach us how to build foundations for future, sustainable peace?

WATERWAY DISPLAY 

Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain 

WaterWay Gallery, IWM North 

Until October 2016 

Free Entry, Donations Welcome 

With large-scale movements of people to Britain – chiefly from the British Empire, Europe and America – the national and ethnic diversity of the population in Britain during the Second World War was unprecedented. On display for the first time, Mixing It reveals the forgotten histories of service personnel and civilians who came to Britain during the Second World War. This small, powerful display will be based on specially recorded oral histories, presented alongside archive material and new research by the University of Huddersfield in partnership with IWM.

 

IWM North 

The multi award winning IWM North brings the national collection to northern audiences. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, the iconic building, innovative and dynamic exhibitions, use of digital media through hourly Big Picture Shows and public events explore how war shapes lives and inspire and encourage debate.

Open daily from 10am – 5pm with free admission at The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ (close to MediaCityUK Metrolink and Junction 9 of the M60)

T: 0161 836 4000 E:iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk www.iwm.org.uk

October, 2016

Imperial War Museum North

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style 

Open now until 1 May 2017 

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the announcement of clothes rationing in Britain, join IWM North for the major exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style. This major new special exhibition explores how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing and how despite the restrictions, austerity did not put an end to creative design or fashionable trends on the British home front. As uniforms and utility became commonplace on the streets of 1940s Britain and clothes were rationed for the first time, see how make do and mend, customising and general creativity still allowed men and women across the country to assert their individuality and personal style. Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style brings together exhibits including clothing, accessories, photographs and film, official documents and publications, artworks, wartime letters, interviews and ephemera, some of which have never been on display before. The exhibition presents a sense of what life was like on the home front for men and women during wartime Britain. @IWMNorth #FashionOnTheRation 

Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £4.50, Children (15 and under) £3, Groups of 10+ Adults £5.40, Groups of 10+ Concessions £4. For news and alerts on ticket sales and associated events go to www.iwm.org.uk or call 0161 836 4000.

SPECIAL EVENT 

In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability 

Wednesday 5 October, 7pm, IWM North 

Booking essential. £12, £10 Concession Drawing on issues raised by IWM North’s major special exhibition, Fashion on The Ration: 1940s Street Style, fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle discuss fashion and sustainability, taking lessons from the Second World War as a starting point to discuss modern challenges and modern solutions. http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/in-conversation-wayne-hemingway-and-lucy-siegle-on-fashion-and-sustainability

Monday, October 24.

Battle of the Somme 100 Year Anniversary 

Battle of the Somme: New Technologies Monday 24 October at 3.15pm Free talk In a series of monthly talks marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories and explore the new technologies in use during the time of this landmark battle and the scientific advancements linked with these events. Join IWM’s First World War Project Manager Charlotte Czyzyk and hear the testimony of Alfred Reiffer, who served with one of the first tank crews during the battle. These stories are amongst millions which are being remembered on Lives of the First World War, IWM’s permanent digital memorial.

Sunday 16 October at 11.30am 

In Focus: Battle of the Somme – Free 

New In Focus drop in sessions reveal specially selected archive films, personal stories and artefacts from IWM’s national collection. See excerpts of the Battle of the Somme film, handle period artefacts and be led through the stories of real people whose lives were touched by this landmark battle.

A Closer Look Tour: Somme – Science and Technology Sunday 16 October at 1.30pm Free In a series of tours marking the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, discover details of real life stories which explore the new technologies in use during the time of this landmark battle, and the scientific advancements linked with these events.

WATERWAY DISPLAY 

Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain 

WaterWay Gallery, IWM North 

Until October 2016 

Free Entry, Donations Welcome 

With large-scale movements of people to Britain – chiefly from the British Empire, Europe and America – the national and ethnic diversity of the population in Britain during the Second World War was unprecedented. On display for the first time, Mixing It reveals the forgotten histories of service personnel and civilians who came to Britain during the Second World War. This small, powerful display will be based on specially recorded oral histories, presented alongside archive material and new research by the University of Huddersfield in partnership with IWM.

 

IWM North 

The multi award winning IWM North brings the national collection to northern audiences. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, the iconic building, innovative and dynamic exhibitions, use of digital media through hourly Big Picture Shows and public events explore how war shapes lives and inspire and encourage debate.

Open daily from 10am – 5pm with free admission at The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ (close to MediaCityUK Metrolink and Junction 9 of the M60)

T: 0161 836 4000 E:iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk www.iwm.org.uk