Monday 11 July 2011

Be A Young Correspondent this summer holidays at Imperial War Museum North

I've been having great fun keeping the kids occupied this week, which has been the first week of the school holidays  - we went to a new Chinese restaurant offering an eat-all-you-like buffet (which the girls were overjoyed to discover included the ice cream freezer !), a circus, a dance show featuring Argentinian and Brazilian traditional dance groups (including a group of girls who danced with lit candles on their heads and some others who had Juliette in hysterics, whispering "Mum, I can see their knickers !" as they span round !) and we also got the paddling pool out (as you'll know, if you saw my first ever Silent Sunday here). If you're looking for inspiration, you might like to know about this fun new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. You can't beat a bit of dressing up, and if it's educational too, you're definitely on to a winner ! Oh, and did I mention - it's all free too !




Breaking news for families: everyone is a reporter this summer at Imperial War Museum North. Sharpen your pencils and take out your notepads. Budding journalists of all ages are being given a unique opportunity to discover the art of reporting.

Special two day master classes for teenagers, fun activities for younger children and new adult tours are all free and timed to coincide with the critically acclaimed new exhibition War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914.

Families can learn how to get the big scoop. From 1-4pm every day of the school summer holidays there will be free, drop in craft activities.

This includes a series of Young Correspondent sessions. Put pen to paper and compose your own newspaper front page. Report the story of one of our animal heroes or iconic large objects. Decorate your own journalist jotter for those all important notes and observations.

Enjoy What A Performance shows for families every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon throughout the summer, many of which bring to life the tale of a reporter during wartime. Hear the dramatic, family friendly story of a fictional journalist who worked under fire to bring the news home.

For young adults, there is something extra special. Could you be country's next star reporter like John Simpson or Kate Adie? Fancy being a young correspondent? Could you create a compelling report to tell the story of a war veteran?

If so, act fast and sign up for one of our special Young Correspondent Master Classes, delivered in partnership with BBC 21st Century Classroom. This is a unique opportunity to use the new BBC Learning Studio across from the Museum at MediaCityUK, develop journalism skills and engage with the Museum's themes and Collections.

Meet real eyewitnesses to conflict and tell the story of someone whose life has been shaped by war. Create your own films which will screened on the BBC 21CC website. Book early; these two day master classes are free and places are limited. Visit and email to book or find out more.

All visitors can also join a 20 minute walk and talk exploring the Museum's Collections on selected Sundays. Hear about the changing nature of war reporting and explore a number of personal stories in our collections from the First World War to the present day. Visit for more information on all events.

War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914 is the UK's first major exhibition about British war correspondents, revealing the people behind the news - with many unique, historic items from household name reporters on display for the first time. See the bullet that deflected into Kate Adie's leg in the conflict in Lebanon and a burqa worn by John Simpson to secretly enter Afghanistan in 2001, alongside new and archive footage. Entry is free.

Jim Forrester, Director of Imperial War Museum North, said: 'With MediaCityUK opening here on The Quays this year, Imperial War Museum North have teamed up with the BBC to create a very special summer of family events. There's something for everyone, from fun activities for younger children to a remarkable chance for young adults to become Young Correspondents.'

There are a range of family friendly events taking place all summer.

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  1. This sounds great! Manchester is quite a way for me to go but I found a similiar little gem in Birmingham. The thinktank was fab! It was so much fun and very educational. There were things to learn from past present and future and about the human body. There were lots of role play too, a little village with a dentist, doctors, cafe, garage, shop etc where the children could play and dress up.

  2. I can't believe that this is not happening at the Imperial war museum in London! My son, Tom would love these the chance to attend the masterclass for teenagers.


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