Blitz 80: The Morning after the Night Before: Emma Duffin’s tour of Blitzed Belfast April 1941

15/04/2021 @ 2:00 PM
Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum
028 9032 0392

Blitz 80 Lecture Series

Thursday 15th April 2021 at 2:00pm via Zoom

The Northern Ireland War Memorial and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland invite you to a series of presentations to mark the 80th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz.

The Belfast Blitz consisted of four German air raids that took place during the Second World War in April and May 1941. This joint series will explore different facets of the Blitz and showcase archives and artefacts in the possession of PRONI and NIWM.

Lecture 2: The Morning after the Night Before: Emma Duffin’s tour of Blitzed Belfast April 1941

Emma Duffin had served in Egypt and France as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse in the First World War, during which she kept an extensive diary. She was recruited as VAD Commandant at Stranmillis Military Hospital in the Second World War. She was scheduled to deliver a talk in the Oldpark area on 16th April 1941. Having survived the Easter Tuesday night bombardment and not receiving news that her talk was cancelled, she intrepidly set off, on foot, through extensively damaged north Belfast. This appropriately illustrated talk is based on her measured yet strikingly descriptive diary entries.

Trevor Parkhill MBE retired from NMNI/ Ulster Museum as Keeper of History in 2012, a post he held from 1995. Prior to that he worked in the field of archives, first with the Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin and then (1974-1995) in PRONI. His range of publications includes A Nurse in the Belfast Blitz, published (2016) by the NI War Memorial.

This event is taking place on Zoom. Visit the following link to book your place now:

Registration closes one hour before the event and an invite link will be sent to everyone registered one hour before the beginning of the event.

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