The Manchester museum is displaying six images by First World War photographer GP Lewis in 5m frames on the city’s Quays.
Lewis photographed the home front and specialised in images of heavy industry. His images of women working in the glass, vehicle and food industries show how women’s role in society changed during the war.
Commissioned jointly by IWM (which was founded in 1917) and the Ministry of Information, the images are taken from the IWM archives.
IWM is planning further exhibitions and events throughout 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war.
The Women in Industry exhibition is on show for free at The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17, until 28 September.