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New IWM planned for north


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some of the Imperial War Museum's collection of films, photographs and art at the northern site, along with many objects and documents that chronicle the conflicts in which British forces have fought


promised on display are an AV8a Harrier jump-jet, a T34 Russian tank and the artillery piece that fired the first shell from the British side in World War I. With four branches in the South


since 1914. Among the larger exhibits


East, the IWM has long been look- ing to develop a new site to offer easy access to people living in the north of the country. Once the new building opens,


15.5 million people will be within two hours drive of this latest branch of the IWM, that promises to tell people's stories and bring to life their experience of war and its impact. The walls of the main exhibition


hall arc lined with a 220 metre timeline of objects and pictures that take visitors on a chronologi-


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THE IMPERIAL War Museum opens its first northern branch in Manchester on July 5. The IWM North promises easier access for people living in the north of Britain to its military collections and services. The new museum will house


cal journey through events involv- ing British and Commonwealth citizens since 1900. The museum will also house the


IWM website: www.iwm.org.uk or telephone: 0161 8364000.


largest 360 degree audio-visual experience in the UK in its Big Picture gallery. For more information, visit the


Bluebottle welcomes back regal owners


THE QUEEN and Duke of Edinburgh start their national Golden Jubilee tour in Falmouth at the new National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, on May 1. The Royal couple will meet up


with an old friend, Bluebottle, a Dragon class keel boat that was given to the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke as a wed- ding present by the Island Sailing Club in 1948. The boat has been on perma- nent loan to the Cornish museum,


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Raid recalled


THIS STUNNING picture by David Rowlands entitled 'The Raid on St Nazaire' was unveiled at the 60th and last anniversary reunion of the St Nazaire Society at


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