Education & Outreach

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

Our Education and Outreach department runs a range of visits, activities and workshops for school and adult groups.


Our Primary school programme runs throughout term time with visits usually taking place on Tuesday – Friday mornings.

Visits begin with an audio-visual picture show (approximately 30- 40 minutes) all about the Home Front in Northern Ireland during WW2 which is complemented by photographs and exhibits from our handling collection.  After the talk the group visits our downstairs gallery 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.

The class then has a chance to visit our Home Front Kitchen to learn more about rationing.

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

A visit generally lasts two hours and we can facilitate a group of 30 children in a two hour session.

Schools are welcome to stay a little longer and make us 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 WW2 board game. All visits can be tailored to meet the needs of the class.

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 the Education Officer:
Jenny Haslett
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3

Information for School Visits
Travel grant form

CRAFT DAYS 2015/2016

Come along to one of our Saturday Craft Days where you can practice the idea of ‘Make Do and Mend’ in the War Memorial gallery as we re-introduce the public to the wartime skills their grandparents and great grandparents possessed as second nature. Our workshops run from October 2015 to June 2016. Spaces are limited and booking is necessary. Download our Craft Days flyer to see what we are making. All materials are provided and participants will guided by Jenny, NIWM Education Officer, as they make their very own:

• Elephant Rag-Bag Toy
• Poppy brooch
• Recycled paper Christmas gift box
• Pom-Poms
• Covered buttons
• Knitted bow tie
• Wartime hat accessory
• Scotty Dog Rag-Bag toy
• Woollen rug

For enquiries and bookings please contact:
Jenny Haslett Education Officer
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3


Secondary schools are welcome to book a visit, however we can only accommodate groups of up to 35 people due to space restrictions.  If you would like to book a visit for your secondary school class please contact the Education Officer.


The War Memorial offers guided tours and talks for community and voluntary groups by arrangement with the Education Officer.  A guided tour of the exhibition can be complimented with a short talk and film showing on a variety of subjects.

Current topics

  • The Belfast Blitz
  • Rationing and Make do and Mend
  • 8th Belfast Anti Aircraft Regiment
  • The US Forces in NI 1942-1944

Visits usually last between 1 hour to 1½ hours but can be adapted to suit the needs of individual groups.  Normally visits take the form of a friendly welcome from the Education Officer in the foyer, the group will then be invited to look round the exhibition with the Education Officer guiding the tour and answering any questions.

Visits usually take place in the afternoons on Tuesdays – Fridays.  If these sessions do not suit, morning, evening or weekend sessions can be arranged.

To book a visit please contact the Education Officer.

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