WhatfettleImperial War Museum North

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Up to Manchester for the weekend to see Ian, Meg, Joe, Adam and Beth and IWM North.

The museum is housed in a fantastic building designed by Daniel Libeskind which he based upon a shattered globe:

Shattered Globe

Side

Apex

Each of the three main shards represents war in the air, land and sea:

Shard

The whole effect is designed to disorientate, giving a sense of what it’s like to be inpacted by war:

Poppy

Nose

Consequently there isn’t a straight wall or floor in the whole building:

Stairs

Entrance

Inside the museum itself, there are some great exhibits:

Harrier

We were particularly moved by one room which contains wall to ceiling filing cabinets each fronted by the face of someone whose life was ended by war:

Cabinets Closed

Some cabinets were open to reveal personal artefacts and writings:

Cabinets

There was a lift up to a viewing gallery:

Lookout

With a view of the Lowry Centre:

Standing Straight

The see through gantry made for another walk of faith:

Walk Of Faith

Don’t look down:

Corner

Or up:

Straight

The pilar is true, the walls are not!

There was a workshop for the kids, Beth made a nice symmetrical pattern:

Flag Beth

and helped Phoebe with her flag:

Flag Phoebe

Flag Zoe

Jed made quite a good fist of painting the Canadian flag on a large patchwork banner:

Flags

The disorientation was working well, but what finally tipped me over the edge into having to go outside and put my head between my knees was the “smells of the trenches” exhibit:

Smelly

Cordite, Mustard Gas then trench foot .. bleugh ..

View From Lowry