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Imperial War Museum Preview

War reporting, overseas evacuees and the remains of a Baghdad car on show

Published on January 27th 2011.

Imperial War Museum Preview

Having been named as one of the top four Large Visitor Attractions in 2010 at the Enjoy England tourism awards, the Imperial War Museum North is looking forward to another year of groundbreaking exhibitions and events.

The highlight of the year looks set to be the exhibiting of War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914. Running from 28 May to 8 January 2012, this will be the UK’s largest ever exhibition about the reporting of war. It will combine words, images, voices and faces of people who have brought us stories from the frontline over the last 100 years. Featured reporters will include Manchester’s own Martin Bell with his famous white suit going on display alongside the bullet that hit Kate Adie and personal letters from journalists at war offering a great insight into the reality of being a war reporter.

A smaller, emotive display titled An Ocean Apart: child evacuees in the Second World War looks at the experience of children sent overseas in the war. The hands on exhibition is ideal for families to discover the exceptional stories of the evacuees who were sent thousands of miles away from home.From 16 April, Baghdad, 5 March 2007: A Project with Jeremy Deller will fill the Main Exhibition Space. The feature piece is the wreckage of a car used in the bombing of the historic Al-Mutanabbi street book market in Baghdad. The Turner prize winner has worked with the museum to present the vehicle to symbolise the impact of modern war on civilians. The exhibition comes to the North for the first time following its display around the USA and more recently at the Imperial War Museum London.

September will mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the Main Exhibition Space will host a special exhibition displaying intriguing items from the historic event. In The Spotlight: 9/11 will show a damaged British Union flag found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center that was return to Britain by the United States a year after the hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers.

The museum is open seven days a week with free admission. More information about all exhibitions at the museum can be found at www.iwm.org.uk

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Daniel GriffinFebruary 11th 2011.

Why was this museum built on a remote industrial estate and not in Manchester city centre? The government happily pays for museums to be located in Central London, so how can Central Manchester be too expensive as a location for the Imperial War Museum? God forbid If Manchester was actually allowed attractions it might be able to compete with London

Man is a ShedFebruary 11th 2011.

Because the idea was that the IWMN and Lowry would act as a catalyst and linchpin to further development along the ship canal and docks (as they were). Some would point to the BBC's move to mediacity as the successful vindication of this policy. Others (Jonathan Meades amongst them) might argue that Liebskind's folly is a boondoggle of the highest order in the name of regeneration "industry" and serves only to glorify the vain ambitions of Trafford's ruling elite.

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