Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Family half term fun with Saving Lives exhibition at IWMN...


Little Doctors and Nurses Required For Free Family Fun...




IWM North, Half Term activities from 27 October 2012 – 4 November

Free Entry – Donations welcome

Ever wondered what it would be like to work as a doctor or nurse during wartime? Can you
guess how many of today’s medicines were invented on the battlefield?

This October half term, at IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums), little – and big – visitors
can learn all about life on the front line through a series of FREE family-friendly activities. From
hearing the tales of stretcher bearers during the Second World War to seeing real human X-rays
up close, there is something to entertain, captivate and engage all ages.

Younger visitors will be inspired by the work of doctors, nurses and medical teams as they get
the chance to dress up, play and create their own souvenirs to take home. Visitors can learn to
name parts of the human body and skeleton and learn more by seeing intriguing wartime X-rays.

Meet cuddly character Bumpty Bear and learn how friendship and first aid keep this clumsy
character smiling or enjoy a family-friendly performance based on the story of a stretcher bearer
or First World War nurse.

Part of Manchester Science Festival, IWM North will also be hosting live science
demonstrations on 29 October, exploring themes including perception and human biology for all
ages.

Families inspired by tales of medical wonder can explore the Main Exhibition Space to discover
the inspiring story of Private Charlie Hankins and his remarkable Second World War tricycle.
Hankins was injured during the Second World War but used the unusual device to travel the
length of Britain to raise money for charity after the war. The story of Private G H Hobdey, is
also guaranteed to captivate visitors - see his artificial leg on display, alongside a false eye worn
by another injured serviceman of the Second World War.

Pocket money purchases from the IWM North shop should keep injury prone kids out of trouble
for hours on end. Look Who’s Behind You Spy Glasses should help them spot danger all around,
while little doctors will surely need a doctor’s notepad.

The programme, which includes performances, creative sessions, storytelling and much more,
is inspired by a new exhibition for adults, Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict.
Saving Lives, running until 1 September 2013. It is IWM’s first to look at war and medicine, told
through words and objects of people who have faced extraordinary situations.

Graham Boxer, Director of IWM North, says: ‘There are some amazing stories of human resilience
and medical marvel for families to discover throughout IWM North. Through our family activities,
we have created a programme that brings these themes to life for the youngest of visitors in an
engaging and inspiring way.’

For more information, visit www.iwm.org.uk


Visitors of all ages can get involved through workshops, children’s tours and activities.

Unless otherwise stated activities are free, drop-in sessions (places may be limited on the day).
Activities are suitable for ages 5+ unless otherwise stated. An adult must accompany children
under 12 at all times.

What A Performance
Saturday 27 and Wednesday 31 October
11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm
Main Exhibition Space
See one of our specially commissioned family friendly performances dramatising stories of
wartime adventure. Themed to the subject of frontline medicine these performances include the
story of a stretcher bearer in the Second World War (13 and 27) and a First World War nurse (31
October). Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Open Studio: Doctors and Nurses
Saturday 27 October
1-4pm, Learning Studio
Recommended age: 5+
Be inspired by the work of doctors, nurses and medical teams and make your own themed
souvenir to take home and keep using a range of colourful resources. Get involved with
dressing up, soft play and creative fun. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Open Studio: Bumpty Bear
Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 October,
1-4pm, Learning Studio
Recommended age: 5+
Meet cuddly character Bumpty Bear and hear about his adventures around The Quays.  Learn
how friendship and first aid keep this clumsy character smiling and then make your own bear
souvenir to take home and keep. This session is part of Manchester Science Festival.

Open Studio: Busy Bodies
Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October,
1-4pm, Learning Studio
Recommended age: 5+
Be inspired by the work of wartime doctors and nurses and learn to name parts of the human
body and skeleton in this creative session. See true to life human x-rays and decorate your own
cut out body shape to take home and keep. This session is part of Manchester Science Festival.

Science Busking
Monday 29 October, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm
Main Exhibition Space
Live science demonstrations exploring themes including perception and human biology. This
event is part of Manchester Science Festival.

Bumpty Bear
Daily from Saturday 27 October, 11.30am
Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet
Recommended age: 5 and under
Take part in this new family friendly storytelling session about Bumpty Bear and his adventures
around The Quays.  Learn how friendship and first aid keep this clumsy character smiling.
These sessions are part of Manchester Science Festival.

Story Time
Weekends throughout the month and daily from 29 October, 10.30am
Meet underneath the Harrier Jump Jet
Meet a host of charming characters and discover tales of adventure in these interactive story
sessions. These sessions use a range of family friendly resources ranging from puppets,
sounds and smells to archive pictures and replica objects.

TimeStack Handling Sessions
Sundays to Friday at 12.30pm and 3.30pm
Saturdays at 12.30pm ONLY
Main Exhibition Space
Recommended age: 5+
A great opportunity to get hands-on with objects from IWM’s collection in these themed 20-
minute object-handling sessions. Join a member of staff for an opportunity to discover the stories
behind the artefacts.

Action Stations: The Interactive Timeline
Visit the interactive family Action Stations around the gallery with activities such as exploring the
smells and creatures of the First World War trench or revealing the power of the poster during
wartime.

Your History - Explore Imperial War Museum online.
Ground level.
Personal stories and intriguing facts, family quizzes and tips for tracing people’s wartime history
are all available at the online access area.

Café
Visit our wartime colouring in station in the IWM North café or play the camouflaged table
football.

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