Education & Outreach

We offer a range of visits, activities, workshops and talks for school and adult groups.


We offer free guided workshops suitable for KS1 and KS2 primary school classes. The workshops are based on life in Northern Ireland during World War Two.  Various hands-on learning activities are available and visits can be tailored to meet special educational needs and interests.

Children and their teachers can expect a fact-filled learning experience with a chance to look at wartime photographs, hold an incendiary bomb, see a baby’s gas mask close up, inspect a weeks worth of rationed foods, and try on some real wartime uniforms and helmets.

Workshops last 2-3 hours and are available throughout term time, usually taking place between 10am – 12pm.

We can facilitate a group of up to 30 children per workshop.  Large year groups must be split, and should visit on separate days.

As a charity we are able to offer the workshops free of charge, and offer a travel grant of up to £100 per school.

What happens on the day?

The class congregates in the hallway for a welcome and overview of the day from their guide. The class then makes their way upstairs to an education room on the second floor.  A lift is available.

  • We start with an audio visual presentation (30 – 40minutes) about World War Two with a particular focus on the Home Front in Northern Ireland and the Belfast Blitz. The class is invited to answer questions, ask questions and investigate objects from our handling collection.
  • The presentation is broken up by a 10-15 minute break when the children can eat their snacks and use the toilet facilities.
  • After the presentation the class goes downstairs to the museum on the ground floor.
  • Each pupil is given a quiz, clipboard and pencil. They are asked to work in pairs as History Detectives to search for the answers to the quiz and draw some objects from the collection. Alternative activities are available to classes with special educational needs.
  • The class then splits into groups to try on civilian and military uniforms from World War Two.
  • The class then visits our Home Front Kitchen where they see, feel, smell and discuss a selection of weekly rationed foods and items of clothing.
  • The class departs at 12.00pm or returns to the education room to eat packed lunches, play wartime games and listen to music from the 1940s, departing at 1.00pm.


Primary School visits to NIWM

Travel grant application form

To find out more or to book a school visit please contact:
Jenny Haslett
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3


Talks and tours of the museum are available to Secondary School classes studying the Belfast Blitz and life in Northern Ireland 1939-45.  We can accommodate groups of up to 40 people at a time.

Talks and tours are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

To find out more or to book a secondary school visit please contact:
Alan Freeburn
Tel: 028 90320392


Group visits are available throughout the year, and usually last 1 -1 ¼ hours, but can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

Visits are completely free of charge, but pre-booking is required.

We can accommodate groups of up to 40 people at a time.

A guided tour can be followed by a short film screening, on a variety of subjects.

Topics covered include:

  • The Home Front and the Belfast Blitz
  • Rationing, austerity and Make do and Mend
  • News Reel footage of Northern Ireland during the Second World War
  • The American presence in Ulster 1942-1944
  • The Home Guard in Northern Ireland

Chairs can be laid out in the gallery and tea and coffee can be supplied for groups on request.

To find out more or to book a group visit please contact:
Jenny Haslett
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3


We offer talks and reminiscence sessions for community groups around the topic of the Home Front in Northern Ireland during World War Two.

Sessions can take place in the meeting place of a group (for example a church, community hall, retirement home) and usually last for 1 hour.

The session normally consists of a discussion around wartime objects from our handling collection (gas masks, ration books, toys and clothes from the 1940s) and photographs of Belfast after the Blitz in 1941. Every session is different, depending on the interests of the group, and can be tailored to themes such as;

  • The Belfast Blitz 1941
  • Rationing and Make do and mend
  • The American Presence in Ulster 1942-1944
  • Sessions can include a 1940s music and a sing-a-long session.

All museum staff have received Dementia Awareness training.

To find out more or to book an outreach visit please contact:
Jenny Haslett
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3



CRAFT DAYS 2016/2017

Visit the War Memorial Museum to take part in a Craft Day; a 1940s inspired workshop. Practise the idea of ‘Make Do and Mend’ as we re-introduce the public to the wartime skills their grandparents and great grandparents possessed as second nature.

Our current programme of workshops runs from August 2016 to June 2017. Spaces are limited and booking is necessary for most workshops. Download our Craft Days leaflet to see what you can make:


  • Knitting for the forces
  • Giraffe Rag-Bag Toy
  • Poppy Brooch
  • Pom-Poms
  • Cross my heart Crochet for Valentines
  • Make do and Hat
  • Wartime Rag Rug
  • Baby Bunting Doll
  • Scotty Dog Rag Bag Toy


Admission to the War Memorial Museum is always free and all craft materials are provided free of charge, however donations to the War Memorial are welcome.

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



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