Easter at IWM North: Bringing Stories to Life
Created by: NW Events, 22 March 2012
This Easter, visitors to IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums) in Manchester will be able to experience the magic of stories brought to life through a host of free activities for all the family. With illustration workshops, performances, storytelling and creative sessions, there is something to inspire and captivate all the family.
Opening on Saturday 31 March, children will be invited to create their own stunning illustrations in special sessions with children’s author and book illustrator Lynne Chapman. Lynne will tell stories, talk about the life of an illustrator and show visitors how to create and illustrate their own children’s book. To guarantee a free place on a workshop, email [email protected] or call 0161 836 4000. Drop in for stories of wartime adventure throughout the Easter holidays. Special tales will be dramatised in family friendly What a Performance sessions. Immerse yourself in the story of a First World War Tommy, the journey of a hardworking war horse or the evacuation of Dunkirk during the Second World War. Gather round with all the family for one of the daily Storytelling Sessions. Puppets and pictures bring to life true heroic and heart-warming tales of wartime animal bravery in Animals and War. Meanwhile rag doll Billy tells the tale of evacuation through dressing up and object handling in Billy’s War. Those inspired by the current IWM North exhibition, Once Upon a Wartime, can join in the fun creative sessions based on their favourite characters; from making your own cheeky chimp mask from The Silver Sword to learning about the role of horses in the First World War and creating your own equestrian artwork, based on Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. Visit Carrie’s kitchen, from Carrie’s War, to discover the truth about rationing in the Second World War and even measure out your own wartime ration of sweets. Once Upon a Wartime, a major free exhibition which explores much loved children’s books about the war, is running at IWM North until 2 September 2012. Specially created by IWM, the exhibition is filled with all the drama of five acclaimed novels; War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden, The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall, The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier and Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley. Explore these perilous stories alongside the history of real life conflicts from 1914 to the present day – all through the eyes of fictional children. On display for the first time are objects straight from Steven Spielberg’s War Horse film set, showing how the book became a film. Graham Boxer, Director of IWM North, said: ‘As IWM North begins to celebrate its tenth birthday year, this is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to be inspired by the magic of stories. Some of the greatest children’s books about war ever written are brought to life in the exhibition, while our Easter programme is packed full of activities that are free and fun for all ages.” Open daily from 10am - 5pm with free admission at The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ (close to MediaCityUK Metrolink and Junction 9 of the M60) T: 0161 836 4000 E:[email protected] www.iwm.org.uk
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