IWM drops temporary exhibition charges for summer season

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 23.04.2018
Museum installs smartcard donation boxes in place of admission charges
Imperial War Museums (IWM) is dropping charges to temporary exhibitions at its London and Manchester sites this summer to mark the end of the first world war centenary.

From July, IWM London and IWM North will host Making a New World, a season of “exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences” that will be free of charge for all visitors. The programme will explore how world war one has shaped today’s society.

A spokesman from IWM said: “We want to encourage as many visitors as possible to view and engage with our related season of events and exhibitions at no extra charge.

“We hope that this will encourage visitors to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people.”

In place of admission charges, the organisation has installed smartcard donation boxes across all of its sites.

“These new donation boxes will make it easier for visitors to help support our important work,” said the spokesman.
“IWM will continue to review the pricing of our future seasons of programming following Making a New World.”

Tickets to IWM London's current temporary exhibition, Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, cost up to £15.


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Jonathan Gammond
Access , Wrexham County Borough Museum
23.04.2018, 22:11
Great news from Imperial War Museum and its northern counterpart regarding free entry to this summer's temporary exhibition. I shall be heading there on the train and the tram as soon as I can.

IWM North could increase its income stream by improving its catering offer. There used to be a fantastic restaurant on the first floor overlooking the Lowry and presumably now BBC Media City.

Sadly on my latest visit late last year, the upstairs cafe had been rededicated to corporate hire (or that was what I was told. In effect, poxy ordinary visitors, take a hike, you don't bring in enough lolly.) and I was redirected to a rather grim canteen on the ground floor. Anyone with a hearing impairment must find that cafe a total nightmare as with all the hard surfaces it was an echo chamber with the atmosphere of a municipal bus station though without the entertaining drunks. Of course, i may have missed the point and it was part of the wartime encounter, who knows.