Story Seekers at Imperial War Museum North

Part of our Families guide

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor
A family looked amazed as they open a large chest in Story Seekers
Imperial War Museums

Story Seekers at Imperial War Museum North (IWM North), Manchester, 4–19 April 2020, free entry - Find Out More

Ever fancied taking an adventure in to a museum’s collection and getting closer to the objects they look after? Story Seekers sessions are an exciting way to open up collections and the fascinating stories they hold.

Imperial War Museum North are inviting families to get hands on with real artefacts. The museum is packed full of stories that you can discover for yourself, but you’ll need your wits and your imagination to get digging and find connections!

You’ll find surprising stories from people who braved shark-infested waters to ingenious nurses and those who built machines of conflict. Story Seekers is a unique way to engage children in learning and a fascinating opportunity for the whole family to learn about the global impact of conflict from the First and Second World War to today.

Imperial War Museum North exterior shot - host of story seekers
Imperial War Museum North

The Imperial War Museum North sits in the family of Imperial War Museums, alongside those in London and Duxford and including the Royal Navy Ship HMS Belfast. It has become one of the north’s most striking landmarks, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict. In the 17 years since the museum opened it has become an iconic feature of Salford’s waterfront. With a permanent collection on display of over 2,0000 objects, cutting edge temporary exhibitions, contemporary art and one-off events the museum aims to explore the human stories of war and the many ways conflict shapes people’s lives.

These family-friendly ‘Story Seekers’ sessions offer an insight into conflict that you won’t find in the history books. In doing so they will hopefully prompt children to want to find out and understand more about the challenges that shape our past, present and future.

This is a free, drop in event – no need to book.

Story Seekers at Imperial War Museum North (IWM North), Manchester

4–19 April 2020
Free entry

Dates and Times

  • 4–6 April 2020
  • 8 April 2020 10:00 am
  • 10–13 April 2020
  • 15 April 2020 10:00 am
  • 17–19 April 2020
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

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