Education & 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 school and adult groups.

Primary School 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 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 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

School Visit Info

Travel grant application form

Secondary School Visits

Secondary school classes are welcome to book a guided tour of the Home Front exhibition which covers the Belfast Blitz 1941, the American Presence 1942-44 and industry in Ulster during the Second World War. A tour of the museum can be complemented with a short film screening of local Cine Film footage and an object handling session.

Cost: Free

Booking required

Please contact

Informal learning – tours and talks for community groups

The War Memorial offers guided tours and talks for community and voluntary groups.  A guided tour of the exhibition can be complemented with a short talk and film showing on a variety of subjects such as;

  • 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
  • Coloured cine film footage showing various aspects of life in Northern Ireland during the Second World War

Visits usually last around an hour and can be adapted to suit the needs of the group. We offer a tour for partially sighted groups and a range of dementia friendly activities.

Visits usually take place in the afternoons but morning, evening or weekend sessions can be arranged.

To book a visit please contact

Outreach Programme

The War Memorial offers guided talks and reminiscence sessions for community and voluntary groups around the topic of the Home Front in Northern Ireland during World War Two.

A guided talk can talk place in the meeting place of a group (for example a church or a community hall) and usually last approximately 1 hour.

The talk normally consist of a picture show of Belfast before and after the Blitz of 1941, complimented by a display of objects from our museum handling collection.  Every session is different, depending on the interests of the group.  Talks can be tailored to themes such as;

  • Rationing
  • Make do and mend
  • The Belfast Blitz 1941
  • The American Presence in Ulster 1942-1944.

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

Cost: Free

Booking required

To discuss a visit please contact

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