Imperial War Museums - Visits

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by Nick, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Nick

    Nick Member

    so i was fortunate enough to go to the imperial war museum in london for work, i say fortunate because im a northern lad and i have only been to london once before, the Holocaust exhibition was on and i was blown away by the Pictures, footage, artifacts from camps, witness stories and the amount of information there, including some SS slang for the inmates and there sick games, (if anyone has got a link to these i would be grateful)

    anyway, just wanted to say if you get the chance please see it..

    nick
     
  2. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    It's extremely well done....well-organized and displayed, pulls no punches, and is comprehensive. At the end, is an area where you can sit and reflect on what you saw...and regain your composure.
     
  3. raf

    raf Senior Member

    went to the war museum in Manchester last week.

    Have to say it was very disapointing. A waist of the FREE entrance. :icon-mrgreenbandit:

    they had on show 1 x jet fighter , 1 x russian tank and a fire engine.

    I was expecting more interactive set up....like air raid shelters , trenches with barbed wire with the option to walk along the trench with the sound of gun fire e.t.c or an AA battery with the projection of german bombers flying over.

    I was only 7 when i went to the one in London and remember vaigly that being very good.
     
  4. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    You might want to try IWM Duxford, they have a small land warfare section at the end of the airfield. They have dimmed lighting and exhibits set in a mock scenery. Exhibits from the first and second war plus stuff from the seventies and eighties. Plus short touch screen videos. Round the back of the building they have in small park / enclosure the've got ZSU23/4, a T55, tTt72, Centurion, Gepard, JU152, Combat Engineer Tractor, a string of FFV432'S , a Spartan, BMP, PT -76. They have a military vehicle show on I think Sunday 18th of this month.

    If you're into the armour then Bovington would take some beating. They have a small part in one of the buildings set out like a shelter or trench and sound effects from the First World War. Also plenty of First and Second World war stuff and between stuff. They also have a fair selection of relatively modern stuff, and some Russian stuff BTR, T62/72, 432, and stuff from the six day war period.

    Duxford is 01223 835000
     
  5. raf

    raf Senior Member

    cheers for that i'm on the web site now.
     
  6. viper_1967

    viper_1967 Member

    went to the war museum in Manchester last week.

    Have to say it was very disapointing. A waist of the FREE entrance. :icon-mrgreenbandit:

    they had on show 1 x jet fighter , 1 x russian tank and a fire engine.

    I was expecting more interactive set up....like air raid shelters , trenches with barbed wire with the option to walk along the trench with the sound of gun fire e.t.c or an AA battery with the projection of german bombers flying over.

    I was only 7 when i went to the one in London and remember vaigly that being very good.

    Sorry you where let down.
    We just opened our new war museum here in Ottawa(Canada) last year and I was overjoyed. They finally have enough room to show alot more stuff. I was particularly impressed when I saw an ME262.
     
  7. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    I posted a warning about the naffness of the IWM North last year. Sorry you missed it raf, i could have saved you the trip. They try to cover too much with not enough room, then what room they do have they waste by spacing everything out too far. There is a reason it is known as the Dustbin Lid.
    Get yourself to Bovington, they squish cars there!
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Bit of a Problem with new museums for me. Everything has to be 'interactive' or 'educational', this often seems to be done poorly in a style over content low-rent computer based way. The Buzz-word for Museums should surely be 'Interesting'.
    In this vein I'd go very strongly with Lancesergeant's reccomendations. Duxford and Bovington are both superb, their strength based on the quality and diversity of the collection rather than any froth.
     
  9. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Also recommend Duxford, a very good day out. Loads to see.:)
     
  10. Hawkeye90

    Hawkeye90 Senior Member

    I went to the Smithsonian Aviation Museum in Washington D.C last year on a school trip and it had some great stuff. Im anxious to check out The 8th Army Airforce Museum in Georgia.
     
  11. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    So many musumns are now aimed at kids (or stupid adults I guess).

    The Science musumn in manchester is fantastic. In the air hall they havw a good selection, A Shackleton, a late Spit I think. Well worth a visit.

    Also the Royal Armouries in Leeds is only an hour away and very good.

    Kev
     
  12. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    The Royal Armouries is fantastic! If you can go, then go! It's bloody brilliant! (I think I liked it)
     
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  13. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    The United States Air Force museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Ohio is excellent. My in laws live in Dayton so when we visit its a great place to escape to.
     
  14. Mostonian

    Mostonian Member

    I'll have to agree here. It's very disappointing. As previously mentioned, The Air & Space Museum in the centre of Manchester is much better. The IWM North is in Salford, not Manchester by the way.
     
  15. raf

    raf Senior Member

    is much better. The IWM North is in Salford, not Manchester by the way.

    Imperial War Museum North
    The Quays
    Trafford Wharf
    Trafford Park
    Manchester M17 1TZ
    The Museum is located at The Quays - Greater Manchester's unique waterfront destination. Here you will find a wealth of cultural, sporting and leisure attractions to appeal to all ages and interests including The Lowry, the Manchester United Museum and Lowry Outlet Mall. Visit The Quays website.

    General enquiries: +44 (0)161 836 4000



    it would have to be a manc he comes out with the following......:icon-mrgreenbandit:

    have to say it is in the borough of salford city...

    but are Manchester united called salford united

    the Address Post code and tel num All relate to manchester and is what is issued by the ROYAL mail.....again the royal mail.


    you decide is it Manchester or salford....:)
     
  16. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    The fact that Salford, Trafford have a Manchester code isn't down to location -it's the sorting office that covers them - Manchester - M. Worksop in Notts has a Sheffield postcode, Long Eaton in Derbyshire has a Notts postcode and Notts phone numbers. I think Grimsby has a Doncaster postcode.

    I thought Salford came under Greater Manchester??
     
  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The fact that Salford, Trafford have a Manchester code isn't down to location -it's the sorting office that covers them - Manchester - M. Worksop in Notts has a Sheffield postcode, Long Eaton in Derbyshire has a Notts postcode and Notts phone numbers. I think Grimsby has a Doncaster postcode.

    I thought Salford came under Greater Manchester??
    Please don't get me started on Postcodes, I have enough of that at work!
     
  18. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    :point:
    The Museum is located at The Quays - Greater Manchester's unique waterfront destination. Here you will find a wealth of cultural, sporting and leisure attractions to appeal to all ages and interests including The Lowry, the Manchester United Museum and Lowry Outlet Mall. Visit The Quays website.

    ROFLMAO!!!!! Oh sorry! That's the funniest thing since the Cultural Quarter signs went up in Stoke-on-Trent!:D
     
  19. Mostonian

    Mostonian Member

    I used to work for the Royal Mail, and there was no such thing as M17 then. I deal with a lot of post now, and still haven't heard it.
    The M postcode is used for a number of places not in Manchester. Salford, Failsworth, Sale, Tyldesley and few others I could name, but may cause controversy on here if any residents read this.
    The Quays, is the rebranding of Salford Docks, and is inbetween the districts of Ordsall and Weaste, both of which are as Salford as you can get.
    Manchester United are called Manchester and not Salford because they came from Newton Heath in Manchester.
    Greater Manchester is nothing more than a travel conglomerate now. I only hear it being referenced with regard to the bus network, or the airport.
    Sorry for going on, but I'm also a local history bore, and you did ask.
    :)
     
  20. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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