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IWM exhibition explores WWI in the north west

Date Posted: 04/03/2014

IWM North launches the Imperial War Museums’ first major exhibition to mark the start of the World War One centenary. From Street to Trench: A World War That Shaped a Region will run at the Manchester venue from 5th April 2014 to 31st May 2015.

From Street to Trench explores the lives and experiences of people from the north west of England during World War One.

From poet Wilfred Owen and Clement Attlee who went on to become Prime Minister, to Victoria Cross recipients and first-hand accounts by civilians on the home front, From Street to Trench reveals the experiences of individuals through previously unpublished and personal items.

More than 200 personal objects, films, sound recordings, photographs, artworks and letters will be revealed as part of the show - many on public display for the first time.

What to expect from a school visit to From Street to Trench

Explore the impact of the conflict on life in England by stepping into Stockport Market in 1914, walking down a northern terraced street, and following the journey of many to the trenches of the western front and beyond.

The story of Altrincham’s Chapel Street reveals how 161 men from just 60 houses served in the armed forces during the war.

Students on a school trip can crawl through a front line tunnel to find out how the sewer workers of Manchester were employed for a secret task in France, or play hopscotch on the set of a wartime street.

The From Street to Trench: A World War That Shaped a Region exhibition will be accompanied by a major season of events to mark the centenary throughout this year.

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