SJ8097 : Imperial War Museum North

taken 7 years ago, near to Trafford Park, Trafford, Great Britain

Imperial War Museum North
Imperial War Museum North
Looking from the new MediaCityUk footbridge, across The Manchester Ship Canal, towards Imperial War Museum North (sometimes referred to as IWM North) at Trafford Wharf. Also in the picture is SJ8096 : Quay West to the left of the museum and SJ8096 : Rank Hovis Mill, to the right.

IWM North, which opened in July 2002, is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum, the first to be located in the north of England. The museum explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. The museum site overlooks the Manchester Ship Canal and the former Manchester Docks in Trafford Park, an area which was a key industrial centre during the Second World War and consequently was heavily bombed during the Manchester Blitz in 1940.

The museum building was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. Its striking design provokes mixed reactions; it has been recognised with awards or prize nominations for its architecture, but has also been criticised for poor energy efficiency. The concept for the design, not to everyone’s taste is “that of a globe shattered into fragments and then reassembled on that site as an iconic emblem of conflict. The building is the interlocking of three shards representing earth, air, and water”.

The museum features a permanent exhibition of chronological and thematic displays, supported by hourly audiovisual presentations which are projected throughout the gallery space. The museum also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions.

Both the exterior (particularly from the waterside SJ8097 : Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf, Manchester) and interior of the building provide a stimulating experience for visitors. As part of a national museum, Imperial War Museum North is financed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and by self-generated income and, currently, admission is free.

LinkExternal link - IWM North official web site.

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Date Taken
Monday, 8 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 11 December, 2014
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Educational sites  Canals  Docks, Harbours 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 802 970 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.1941N 2:17.9395W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 801 972
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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