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The Imperial War Museum North is hosting 'Once Upon a Wartime'
11:14am Thursday 2nd August 2012 in News
VISITORS of all ages can delve into the world The Machine Gunners this month as part of the Imperial War Museum’s latest exhibition.
Part of the current Once Upon a Wartime exhibition– the classic novel by Robert Westall – the exhibition will be running from August 4 and will give visitors the chance to listen to stories of the characters involved.
Visitors can also decorate their own model plane and binoculars as part of the accompanying activities and even see a machine gun from the Second World War, found in Liverpool, and a piece of shrapnel found in Trafford Park.
The Machine Gunners will be running on August 4 to August 10 from 1-4pm in IWMN’s Learning Studio.
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 plane spotting binoculars before taking them to the Once Upon a Wartime exhibition to see if you can spot the planes above your head.
A Closer Look: Once Upon A Wartime (Ideal for all ages)
Tuesday 7 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.
Billy’s War (Ideal for all ages)
Saturday 4, Sunday 5, 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.
Wednesday 8 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 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.
The Adventures of Able Seaman Wally Tobin (Ideal for all ages)
Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8, Thursday 9, Friday 10 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.
Hotspots (All ages)
Sunday 5 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.
*For more information visit iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north
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