IWM North Summer of activities

IWM North Summer of activities

July 30, 2012 0 By Laura TMOT
Last weekend we were invited along to the Imperial War Museum in Manchester to have a look at the new summer activities that they have planned. We have been to the museum before but this time rather than look at the exhibits we were more interested in the additional child friendly activities that were taking place.

On arrival we made our way to the crafts room where the girls had a story read to them about Animals in the War and then they made there own horses. Using the templates they draw around there horses and then stuck the pieces together with split pins. They loved it and really had fun making their horses lovely and colourful.

After the girls had enough of crafts we headed upstairs to the main exhibition area where we sat and listened to some re-enactments about the first world war and looked at all the images and film footage that was projected onto the walls. The girls sat quietly and they were really engrossed with what was going on. Once their tummies started to rumble we headed off to the cafe where they were treated to a ration pack of 5 items for their lunch. With a great assortment to choose from including lots of healthy snacks the girls really enjoyed picking which 5 items to have before sitting down and eating them all.

We had a brilliant day and we are really looking forward to heading back there during the holidays to join in with some of the other activities that they have planned.

Meet the Author: Bernard Ashley (Ideal for ages 7+)

Saturday 18 August, noon

Learning Studio

Meet Bernard Ashley, author of Little Solider, one of the books that feature in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition. Learn what it is like to be a professional writer as he reveals the processes and inspirations that helped him write Little Soldier and his new book Dive Bombing. The talk will be followed by a book signing in the shop

 

Illustration Workshop: The Colour of Home (Ideal for ages 6+)

Friday 24 August, 10.30am and 2.30pm

Libeskind Rooms

Join professional illustrator, Karin Littlewood and take part in a workshop where she will reveal the techniques used to create her pictures in The Colour of Home and get the chance to try your hand at some illustrations of your own.

 

FREE but booking is required via learningnorth@iwm.org.uk or 0161 836 4000

 

Storytelling with Katrice Horsley (Ideal for all ages)

Tuesday 28 August, 1pm and 3pm

Libeskind Rooms

We are delighted to welcome back to IWM North the new National Storytelling Laureate, Katrice Horsley who will be asking ‘Are you sitting comfortably?…’ in this special storytelling session for all ages.

 

A Closer Look: Once Upon A Wartime (Ideal for all ages)

Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 August, 2.15pm

Meet at the Tour Point in the foyer

Join us for a 20 minute walk and talk to find out more about our current special exhibition, Once Upon A Wartime. This tour will look at the five books featured in the exhibition, War Horse, Carrie’s War, The Machine Gunners, The Silver Sword and Little Soldier. It will also look at the key themes of the books as highlighted in the exhibition, loyalty, separation, excitement, survival and identity.

 

What A Performance (Ideal for all ages)

Wednesday 1, 15, 29 August

11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm

Main Exhibition Space

See one of our special, family friendly performances dramatising stories of wartime adventure and themed to the exhibition, Once Upon A Wartime. Hear the story of the women who prepared horses for their new lives on the frontline, like Joey in the story War Horse.

Wednesday 8 and 22 August

11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm

Main Exhibition Space

See one of our special, family friendly performances dramatising stories of wartime adventure including the story of a daring female spy serving with the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.

Walkabout Performances (Ideal for all ages)

Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 August

11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Special Exhibition Gallery

Silent masked characters are on the loose in the Special Exhibitions Gallery. Will you spot one of these specially developed characters as you explore the Once Upon a Wartime exhibition?  Inspired by the stories featured in the exhibition, the characters are brought to life through the use of full face masks and physical theatre techniques.

Meet an Evacuee (Ideal for age 7+)

Thursday 2 August

11am, Learning Studio

Intrigued by the tale of separation in Carrie’s War?  Meet a real Second World War evacuee; hear their true life tales of evacuation and life on the home front in the Second World War. Get hand on with real artefacts and objects, which help bring to life the themes of evacuation and the Second World War home front.

 

FREE but booking is required via learningnorth@iwm.org.uk or 0161 836 4000

 

Open Studio: Carrie’s War (Ideal for all ages)

Wednesday 1, Thursday 2 and Friday 3 August

1-4pm, Learning Studio

Be like Carrie from Carrie’s War and ‘Make Do and Mend’. Create your own elephant character to take home and keep in this drop-in creative session.

 

Meet a Second World War Home Front Eyewitness
Thursday 9 August


11am, Learning Studio

Excited by the action packed tale of The Machine Gunners? Meet a real Second World War eyewitness who lived through the challenges of life on the home front.  Find out about rationing and the reality of a child’s life in Second World War Britain.

 

Open Studio: The Machine Gunners (Ideal for all ages)

Saturday 4, Sunday 5, Monday 6, Tuesday 7 August
1-4pm, Learning Studio
Be inspired by the story of The Machine Gunners, in the exhibition Once Upon A Wartime and let your imagination soar. Decorate your own model plane to take home and keep.

Open Studio: The Machine Gunners (Ideal for all ages)

Wednesday 8, Thursday 9, Friday 10 August
1-4pm, Learning Studio
Be inspired by the story of The Machine Gunners, in the exhibition Once Upon A Wartime and let your imagination soar. Decorate your own plan spotting binoculars before taking them to the Once Upon a Wartime exhibition to see if you can spot the planes above your head.

 

Open Studio: The Silver Sword (Ideal for all ages)

Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Monday 13, Tuesday 14 August
1-4pm, Learning Studio


Be inspired by the story of The Silver Sword and illustrate a scene using a range of colourful resources to create your own dramatic picture.

 

Open Studio: The Silver Sword (Ideal for all ages)

Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Friday 17 August
1-4pm, Learning Studio


Be inspired by the story of The Silver Sword and create your own cheeky chimp door hanger to take home and keep.

 

Open Studio: Little Soldier (Ideal for all ages)
Saturday 18 August
1-4pm, Learning Studio

Be inspired by Kaninda’s pet in Little Soldier, one of the novels featured in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition. Decorate your own pet Chameleon to take home and keep.

Open Studio: Little Soldier (Ideal for all ages)
Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 August
1-4pm, Learning Studio

Be inspired by the story of Little Solider, one of the novels featured in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition. Discover some of the creatures from Africa and make your own animal inspired gifts and keepsakes (19 – 24 August).

 

Open Studio: Final Page (Ideal for all ages)

Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29, Thursday 30, Friday 31 August

1-4pm, Learning Studio

Join us for a summer holiday finale of creative activities and fun in our friendly drop-in sessions reflecting on the themes of our special exhibition, Once Upon A Wartime and the five books that feature within in.

What Nancy Did Next (Ideal for all ages)

Wednesday (1, 27), Thursday (2, 28), Friday 3 August, 11.30am

Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet

Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her wartime experiences away from home and making new friends … especially with a quiet and timid horse called Rufus.  In this interactive Family Friendly session, visitors can choose what happens and each story-telling session will be different. The session uses puppets and multi-sensory resources including sounds and smells.

Billy’s War (Ideal for all ages)

Saturday (4, 25), Sunday (5, 26), Monday 6 August, 11.30am

Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet

This lively and engaging session uses a range of visual materials, sound and replica objects to tell the captivating story of a young boy from Salford who was evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War. Led by a member of our friendly staff, families will follow the story of Billy (a charming rag doll character) and learn about life on the home front during the Second World War.

 

The Adventures of Able Seaman Wally Tobin (Ideal for all ages)

Tuesday 7, Wednesday (8, 15), Thursday (9, 16), Friday (10, 17) August, 11.30am
Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet


Find out what a parrot, a coconut and a motorbike have in common. This event includes a special storytelling session revealing the adventures of Able Seaman Wally Tobin and looks at how people from different cultures and countries work together in times of hardship and war.

 

Shaping Up (Ideal for all ages)

Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 August, 11.30am

Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet

What brings together an alien, his space craft and a playground full of friendly shapes? In this special storytelling event follow a group of shapes who discover how much better things can be when we all get along. 

 

Animals and War (Ideal for all ages)

Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Monday 20, Tuesday 21 August, 11.30am
Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet


Discover the fictional story of Joey from War Horse in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition, then join us as puppets and pictures bring to life true heroic and heart-warming tales of wartime animal bravery, such as the stories of Simpson and his donkeys or Bonfire the horse owned by poet John McCrae.

 

Oskar’s Journey (Ideal for all ages)

Wednesday 29, Thursday 30, Friday 31 August, 11.30am
Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet


Meet our charming cat puppet character Oskar and discover his tale of adventure on a journey across a divided city as he seeks out a friend on the other side of the Berlin Wall.  The session uses puppets, multi-sensory resources including sounds and smells, and object handling including the chance to see a real piece of the Berlin Wall.  

 

Hotspots (All ages)

Sunday 5, 12, 19, 26 August
Please see Daily Events sheet for details
Creative sessions using a range of art and craft materials to help you make your own unique souvenir.

TimeStack Handling Sessions (Ideal for ages 5+)
Daily at 12.30pm

Main Exhibition Space
A great opportunity to get hands-on with objects from IWM’s collection in these themed 20-minute object-handling sessions. Join a member of staff for an opportunity to discover the stories behind the artefacts.

Action Stations: The Interactive Timeline

Visit the interactive family Action Stations around the gallery with activities such as exploring the smells and creatures of the First World War trench or revealing the power of the poster during wartime.

Your History – Explore Imperial War Museum online.
Ground level.

Personal stories and intriguing facts, family quizzes and tips for tracing people’s wartime history are all available at the online access area.