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7 Metre Piece Of Twin Towers Comes To Quays

9/11 Exhibits At IWMN

Published on September 4th 2011.


7 Metre Piece Of Twin Towers Comes To Quays

A UNION flag recovered from amongst the wreckage of the World Trade Center at Ground Zero, New York, will go on public display for the first time at Imperial War Museum North in Manchester to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Then in October, a 7 metre piece of steel from the World Trade Center will also go on display, among the first pieces from the Twin Towers ever seen in Britain.

During the tenth anniversary weekend from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September, visitors will be able to join a limited number of escorted tours behind the scenes to view the steelwork.

The flag is two metres in width and will form the Museum’s In the Spotlight display, which showcases important objects from the Museum’s Collection for a limited period of time, revealing the human stories behind war and conflict.

The flag was officially presented to Great Britain, on the first anniversary of 9/11, by the people of the United States and it was laid on the altar of St Paul’s Cathedral in a memorial service for victims of the attacks. It will now be displayed in Imperial War Museum North which was the first UK building of Daniel Libeskind, the world renowned architect who designed the masterplan for the rebuilding of Ground Zero in New York.

In October, a huge section of steel, 7 metres in height and weighing more than a tonne, recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, will also go on display. Along with a smaller piece at Imperial War Museum London, this is amongst the first pieces of steel from Ground Zero to go on display in the UK. The columns, thought to be from the North Tower, formed part of a window section from an external wall. The steel, distorted and twisted, is evidence of the massive force and impact of the collapse of the towers.

During the tenth anniversary weekend from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September, visitors will be able to join a limited number of escorted tours behind the scenes to view the steelwork.

To mark the tenth anniversary itself at 4pm on Sunday 11 September, IWM North will be teaming up with Wake Forest University, North Carolina, for a Transatlantic Memorial Event – featuring a live performance of two specially composed orchestral pieces. The pieces, composed by Kevin Malone, Head of Composition at the University of Manchester, incorporate voice recordings of witnesses to the 9/11 attacks.

The two new compositions, each 12 minutes long, are focused on the United Airlines Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania, where Kevin Malone recorded eyewitness descriptions and was moved by the striking appearance of fireflies over the crash site at night on the fifth anniversary of the incident.

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The Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra will perform one piece at Imperial War Museum North and the other will be performed in America. Each will be streamed live across the world to the other venue. The memorial event will include an address by Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council.

The 9/11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, including the loss of 67 British lives. The vast majority of the dead were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries. Within the setting of the Museum, visitors will be given the chance to reflect on the 9/11 attacks and their human cost, as well as the wider impact of modern conflict on people’s lives. 

In the Spotlight: Remembering 9/11 is at Imperial War Museum North, 10 September 2011 – September 2013.  Free. www.iwm.org.uk/north  

 

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