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.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
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:
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3
CRAFT DAYS 2016/2017
Visit the War Memorial Museum to take part in a Craft Day; a free 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 workshops run 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
- 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:
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 2
SECONDARY SCHOOL VISITS
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.
ADULT GROUP VISITS
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.
- 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.