The Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays, opposite the Beeb: 


Mark & I spent several hours looking around. It was my first visit, and I was impressed. Many thoughtfully laid-out exhibits covering everything from pre-WW1 through to the Cold War and, more recently, conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

They even have a Trabant


One of the final things that we came across gave real pause for thought - a steel girder section from one of the twin towers. 


Seeing that right in front of you, and contemplating the ruin and shattered lives that are intertwined in its twisted framework, puts some of the day-to-day stuff that seemingly frustrates us into perspective.