Throughout summer and well into autumn, IWM North is hosting a wildly entertaining range of free family activities, from live performances and design studios to camouflage camps and adventure missions.

Running daily from 26 July to 29 August, Story Seekers: Camouflage & Disguise deploys visitors on special missions to seek out objects focused on illusion and deceit within the museum’s Main Exhibition Space. After gathering deep intel and finding all the Story Seekers trail objects, successful agents get a special Camouflage Unit badge to take home.

Every Wednesday in August, the Camouflage Unit themselves – an acting team of expert illusionists and creative designers – host a camp teaching the expertise in deception and visual trickery that was utilised in North Africa during the Second World War. Guests can try out code-breaking, sample desert disguises and discover how mirrors were used during 1942’s Operation Bertram. Produced in collaboration with immersive theatre company Tea Dance For Little People, families will assist the team in creating models before embarking on deception operations used in the Battle of El-Alamein.

Open every day from 26 July to 27 August, families can drop into the Dazzle Design Studio, which explores the experimental camouflage artwork of Norman Wilkinson, whose bold ‘Dazzle’ patterns allowed the Royal Navy to conceal entire battleships from the enemy. In the Dazzle Design Hub, visitors can create their own disorientating concealment patterns before testing their optical illusions through a ‘high-seas telescope’.

Taking place every Tuesday until 30 August, We Were There is a stunningly poignant series of family days in which visitors can meet IWM North’s Veterans. Located throughout the museum, IWM’s esteemed guests are on hand to recount vivid, moving first-hand recollections of war – from driving tanks to evacuations – and offer profound insight into its impact on the lives of those who survived it.

Open for drop-in visitors every weekend from 3 September to 16 October, IWM North’s second Story Seekers series calls on prospective adventurers to engage their superior imaginations in order to forge connections between the countless stories contained within the museum’s collections. A captivating, interactive way for families to learn more about the impact of the Second World War, guests can explore real artefacts and discover stories of machine-building and shark-infested waters from the most important unsung figures of the war.

For more information on the incredible array of events at IWM this summer, click here.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Tue 26 Jul - Mon 29 Aug, IWM North,
The Quays, Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1TZ
, Tel: 0161 836 4000, FREE, 10am-4pm
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Wed 20 Jul 2022