Learning

Learning – Education and outreach

Find out what life was like in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

We offer a range of tours, activities and workshops for schools and adult groups.

Primary Schools Programme

Our Primary School programme runs throughout term time for both key stage 1 and 2 with visits usually taking place in the morning between 10 and 12.

In the session children investigate the Home Front in Northern Ireland through a variety of hands-on learning activities.

Pupils are guided through an audio-visual presentation on the Home Front and the Belfast Blitz, which allows them to consider photographs, newspapers, oral accounts and real objects from the handling collection.

The class then visits the museum where each pupil is asked to become a History Detective and is given a quiz sheet to complete while looking around the exhibition for clues.

Classes are then invited to try on some real wartime uniforms and can pose to get their photograph taken.

The children are then invited to look at the wartime rations for one person for one week and learn about the importance of the Dig for Victory campaign before looking at objects from an evacuees suitcase.

Schools are welcome to stay a little longer and make use of our Education Room as a space to eat packed lunches while listening to wartime music. Classes may then wish to finish their trip by playing a wartime board game.

All visits can be tailored to meet the needs of the class and you should notify the museum of any special requirements as alternative activities are available to meet special educational needs.

Class size is restricted to 30, with larger groups divided over several days.

The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Cost: Free

To assist school groups to visit the Home Front Exhibition a travel grant of up to £100 per group is available.

To book a school visit please contact:
Jenny Haslett
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3
Email: education@niwarmemorial.org

School Visit Info

Travel grant application form

School children enjoying dressing up in wartime uniforms at the Northern Ireland War Memorial

Learning Resources

We have a variety of free printable resources that can be used in both the classroom or at home. We really hope you enjoy using them and would love you to share your creations with us using the hashtag #niwarmemorial on our Social Media platforms:

Facebook: @NIWarMemorialMuseum / Twitter: @NIWarMemorial / Instagram: @niwarmemorial

During the Second World War, everyone carried a National Identity card and a Ration Book. Make your own by downloading the following PDFs:

Make sure to print them on coloured A4 paper.

Colour in or create your own Spitfire by downloading the PDFs below:

We also have some free printable wartime recipes that you can try your hand at:

Secondary School Visits

Secondary school classes are welcome to book a guided tour of the museum which covers the Belfast Blitz in 1941, the American Presence 1942-44 and industry in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. A tour of the museum can be complemented with a short film screening of local Cine Film footage, an object handling session or a short walking tour of sites in the Cathedral Quarter which were affected by the Belfast Blitz.

Cost: Free

Booking required

Please contact education@niwarmemorial.org

The Northern Ireland War Memorial gallery

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