From Street To Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region

22nd February 2014

5 April 2014 – 31 May 2015, Major First World War Centenary exhibition Special Exhibitions Gallery, IWM North, Free Entry

Student, Agricultural College

Revealing extraordinary stories never told publicly before, IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, launches IWM’s first major exhibition to mark the start of the First World War Centenary.

Founded in 1917 to mark the sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers alike, IWM is a world leading authority on the First World War.

From Street To Trench: A War That Shaped A Region is the largest exhibition ever created exploring the lives and experiences of people from the North West of England during the First World War.

The free exhibition at IWM North in Manchester reveals more than 200 personal objects, films, sound recordings, photographs, artworks and letters – many on public display for the first time.

  • Wounded soldiers being wheeled about the grounds of the American Red Cross Military Hospital, Unit T, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England. 10th August 1918.

  • A group of women workers of the glucose factory of Messrs Nicholls, Nagel & Co in Trafford Park, c.1918.

  • Lancashire Fusiliers in a flooded communication trench, showing wire. Opposite Messines, near Ploegsteert Wood. January 1917.

  • A working party of the Manchester Regiment moving up to the trenches near Serre in France, January 1917.

  • The “Preston Pals”. Volunteer recruits for a service battalion in civilian clothes, drawn up outside Preston Town Hall during the early months of the First World War.

  • All images are part of IWM’s national Photography Collection as part of ‘From Street To Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region at IWM North.’

IWM North

The multi award winning IWM North brings the national collection to northern audiences. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, the iconic building, innovative and dynamic exhibitions, use of digital media through hourly Big Picture Shows and public events explore how war shapes lives and inspire and encourage debate.

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


IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

Our unique Collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events. Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force. We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people’s lives.

IWM’s five branches are IWM London, IWM’s flagship branch with six floors of exhibitions and displays; IWM North, housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind; IWM Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and Britain’s best preserved wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.

First World War Centenary

2014 – 2018 marks the centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world. IWM will mark the centenary by leading a vibrant, four year programme of cultural activities across the country, including the opening of brand new First World War galleries at IWM London in 2014. For more information visit