Events

Aug
22
Thu
NIWM Lecture Series 2019 / The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Eighty Years On – Dr Daniel Kowalsky @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Aug 22 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NIWM Lecture Series 2019

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Eighty Years On

Dr Daniel Kowalsky

Thursday 22nd August at 7.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

Having consolidated his power in the late 1920s, Joseph Stalin long focused on internal affairs: the Five Year Plans, collectivisation of agriculture, rapid industrialisation and the modernisation of the Red Army. In lieu of exporting the revolution, the Kremlin focused on building “socialism in one country.” Indeed, once party chief, Stalin rarely left the USSR: Tehran in 1943 and Potsdam in 1945, then never again. Despite his penchant for domestic policy, from the summer of 1936 Stalin’s Soviet Union was increasing drawn into foreign affairs.

This talk explores Stalin’s foreign policy on the eve of the Second World War. The Soviet Union’s multiple failures in forging an anti-fascist alliance with Britain and France, most notably in the Spanish Civil War, will be explored as the prelude to Stalin’s eventual decision, in August 1939, to authorize the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and thus begin the war as Hitler’s ally.

Daniel Kowalsky is a lecturer in European Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast and is the author of numerous books and articles on the civil war in Spain.

FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

Sep
2
Mon
Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 2 @ 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings on Monday 2nd September at 2pm (and on request)

In the days before the outbreak of the second world war Alexander Korda gathered three of the UK’s top film directors, including Belfast’s Brian Desmond Hurst, and secret plans were laid to prove that Britain could match Hitler on the big screen. The film was The Lion Has Wings and it propelled recruitment into the Royal Air Force and helped keep cinemas open when air-raids threatened their closure.

Filming commenced on 4 September 1939 the day after war was declared and Korda promised Churchill that he would ensure the rapid delivery of his film which proclaimed ‘This is Britain where we believe in freedom’. The film was released exactly 2 months after the declaration of war on 3 November 1939. Cinemas remained open and the RAF recruitment proved itself a year later in the Battle of Britain.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, the Northern Ireland War Memorial will screen The Lion Has Wings (73 mins approx) throughout the week beginning 2nd September.

  • Free event
  • Tea and coffee will be served
  • Booking not required, but do let us know if you plan to bring a group

This is the first of a series of events over the next 5 years profiling Hurst’s films and propaganda and how his films played a part in the Second World War. This was a subject close to Hurst’s heart after the cruel slaughter of his Royal Irish Rifles comrades at Gallipoli in 1915. Hurst survived and war was the spark for this former linen workers creative genius which was later honed by the legendary John Ford in Hollywood.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will also screen the film on:

Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm

Wednesday 4th September at 1.40pm with a special introduction by Alderman Marion Smith and Bob Hurst, great nephew and great niece of director Brian Desmond Hurst

Thursday 5th September at 2.00pm

Friday 6th September at 2.00pm

 

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

Sep
3
Tue
This country is at war: 80 years on @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 3 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This country is at war: 80 years on

Tuesday 3rd September

11.00am – 12.00pm or 2.00pm-3.00pm

On 3rd September 1939 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that the British deadline for the withdrawal of German troops from Poland had expired. Mr Chamberlain continued: “I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and consequently this country is at war with Germany.”

Visit the Northern Ireland War Memorial on 3rd September 2019 for a 30-minute tour of the museum which will highlight objects in the collection relating to Air Raid Precautions, industry, the Ulster Home Guard, the Belfast Blitz and the presence of US Forces in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

Grab a coffee-to-go and join a 30-minute walking tour of the Cathedral Quarter along streets which were destroyed in the Belfast Blitz. This tour will be complemented by photographs held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) which is the official archive for Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial is working in partnership with PRONI to offer this event.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street,

Belfast,

BT1 2LD

028 9032 0392

Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 3 @ 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings on Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm (and on request).

In the days before the outbreak of the second world war Alexander Korda gathered three of the UK’s top film directors, including Belfast’s Brian Desmond Hurst, and secret plans were laid to prove that Britain could match Hitler on the big screen. The film was The Lion Has Wings and it propelled recruitment into the Royal Air Force and helped keep cinemas open when air-raids threatened their closure.

Filming commenced on 4 September 1939 the day after war was declared and Korda promised Churchill that he would ensure the rapid delivery of his film which proclaimed ‘This is Britain where we believe in freedom’. The film was released exactly 2 months after the declaration of war on 3 November 1939. Cinemas remained open and the RAF recruitment proved itself a year later in the Battle of Britain.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, the Northern Ireland War Memorial will screen The Lion Has Wings (73 mins approx) throughout the week beginning 2nd September.

  • Free event
  • Tea and coffee will be served
  • Booking not required, but do let us know if you plan to bring a group

This is the first of a series of events over the next 5 years profiling Hurst’s films and propaganda and how his films played a part in the Second World War. This was a subject close to Hurst’s heart after the cruel slaughter of his Royal Irish Rifles comrades at Gallipoli in 1915. Hurst survived and war was the spark for this former linen workers creative genius which was later honed by the legendary John Ford in Hollywood.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will also screen the film on:

Monday 2nd September at 2.00pm

Wednesday 4th September at 1.40pm with a special introduction by Alderman Marion Smith and Bob Hurst, great nephew and great niece of director Brian Desmond Hurst

Thursday 5th September at 2.00pm

Friday 6th September at 2.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street / Belfast / BT1 2LD

Sep
4
Wed
Special Introduction and Screening of The Lion Has Wings (1939) @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 4 @ 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings

Special Introduction and Screening of The Lion Has Wings on Wednesday 4th September at 1.40pm

Screening will begin at 2.00pm (73 mins duration)

Alderman Marion Smith and Bob Hurst, great nephew and great niece of Ulster’s greatest film director Brian Desmond Hurst will introduce his film The Lion Has Wings.  80 years ago on 4 September 1939 the cameras were there to capture footage of the new force, the RAF, launching its first raid on the Kiel docks in Germany. The film propelled recruitment into the RAF. Marion and Bob will explain Hurst’s East Belfast roots, his journey to Hollywood via Gallipoli (with the Royal Irish Rifles) and then his prolific war film output and how the RAF went on to save the UK in its hour of need in September 1940.

In the days before the outbreak of the second world war Alexander Korda gathered three of the UK’s top film directors, including Belfast’s Brian Desmond Hurst, and secret plans were laid to prove that Britain could match Hitler on the big screen. The film was The Lion Has Wings and it propelled recruitment into the Royal Air Force and helped keep cinemas open when air-raids threatened their closure.

Filming commenced on 4 September 1939 the day after war was declared and Korda promised Churchill that he would ensure the rapid delivery of his film which proclaimed ‘This is Britain where we believe in freedom’. The film was released exactly 2 months after the declaration of war on 3 November 1939. Cinemas remained open and the RAF recruitment proved itself a year later in the Battle of Britain.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, the Northern Ireland War Memorial will screen The Lion Has Wings (73 mins approx) throughout the week beginning 2nd September.

  • Free event
  • Tea and coffee will be served
  • Booking not required, but do let us know if you plan to bring a group

This is the first of a series of events over the next 5 years profiling Hurst’s films and propaganda and how his films played a part in the Second World War. This was a subject close to Hurst’s heart after the cruel slaughter of his Royal Irish Rifles comrades at Gallipoli in 1915. Hurst survived and war was the spark for this former linen workers creative genius which was later honed by the legendary John Ford in Hollywood.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will also screen the film on:

Monday 2nd September at 2.00pm

Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm

Thursday 5th September at 2.00pm

Friday 6th September at 2.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street / Belfast / BT1 2LD

Sep
5
Thu
Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 5 @ 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

Screening of The Lion Has Wings

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings on Thursday 5th September at 2.00pm (and on request).

In the days before the outbreak of the second world war Alexander Korda gathered three of the UK’s top film directors, including Belfast’s Brian Desmond Hurst, and secret plans were laid to prove that Britain could match Hitler on the big screen. The film was The Lion Has Wings and it propelled recruitment into the Royal Air Force and helped keep cinemas open when air-raids threatened their closure.

Filming commenced on 4 September 1939 the day after war was declared and Korda promised Churchill that he would ensure the rapid delivery of his film which proclaimed ‘This is Britain where we believe in freedom’. The film was released exactly 2 months after the declaration of war on 3 November 1939. Cinemas remained open and the RAF recruitment proved itself a year later in the Battle of Britain.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, the Northern Ireland War Memorial will screen The Lion Has Wings (73 mins approx) throughout the week beginning 2nd September.

  • Free event
  • Tea and coffee will be served
  • Booking not required, but do let us know if you plan to bring a group

This is the first of a series of events over the next 5 years profiling Hurst’s films and propaganda and how his films played a part in the Second World War. This was a subject close to Hurst’s heart after the cruel slaughter of his Royal Irish Rifles comrades at Gallipoli in 1915. Hurst survived and war was the spark for this former linen workers creative genius which was later honed by the legendary John Ford in Hollywood.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will also screen the film on:

Monday 2nd September at 2.00pm

Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm

Wednesday 4th September at 1.40pm with a special introduction by Alderman Marion Smith and Bob Hurst, great nephew and great niece of director Brian Desmond Hurst

Friday 6th September at 2.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street / Belfast /BT1 2LD

Sep
6
Fri
Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 6 @ 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Winning the War: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings

Film Screening of The Lion Has Wings on Friday 6th September at 2.00pm (and on request)

In the days before the outbreak of the second world war Alexander Korda gathered three of the UK’s top film directors, including Belfast’s Brian Desmond Hurst, and secret plans were laid to prove that Britain could match Hitler on the big screen. The film was The Lion Has Wings and it propelled recruitment into the Royal Air Force and helped keep cinemas open when air-raids threatened their closure.

Filming commenced on 4 September 1939 the day after war was declared and Korda promised Churchill that he would ensure the rapid delivery of his film which proclaimed ‘This is Britain where we believe in freedom’. The film was released exactly 2 months after the declaration of war on 3 November 1939. Cinemas remained open and the RAF recruitment proved itself a year later in the Battle of Britain.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, the Northern Ireland War Memorial will screen The Lion Has Wings (73 mins approx) throughout the week beginning 2nd September.

  • Free event
  • Tea and coffee will be served
  • Booking not required, but do let us know if you plan to bring a group

This is the first of a series of events over the next 5 years profiling Hurst’s films and propaganda and how his films played a part in the Second World War. This was a subject close to Hurst’s heart after the cruel slaughter of his Royal Irish Rifles comrades at Gallipoli in 1915. Hurst survived and war was the spark for this former linen workers creative genius which was later honed by the legendary John Ford in Hollywood.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will also screen the film on:

Monday 2nd September at 2.00pm

Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm

Wednesday 4th September at 1.40pm with a special introduction by Alderman Marion Smith and Bob Hurst, great nephew and great niece of director Brian Desmond Hurst

Thursday 5th September at 2.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street / Belfast /BT1 2LD

Sep
7
Sat
Saturday Opening 12pm – 4pm @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 7 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Saturday Opening 12pm – 4pm

Visit us and learn all about Northern Ireland’s role in the Second World War. Listen to 1940’s music and play with wartime games and toys. Dress up in real wartime uniforms and helmets and take part in craft activities suitable for all ages.

Free Admission.

NIWM will be opened on the following dates from 12pm-4pm:

  • Saturday 4th May
  • Saturday 1st June
  • Saturday 6th July
  • Saturday 3rd August
  • Saturday 7th September
  • Saturday 5th October
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Saturday 7th December

#niwarmemorial #NIWM #NIWMSatOpening

Sep
10
Tue
80 years on: Northern Ireland in the Second World War @ Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Sep 10 @ 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

80 years on: Northern Ireland in the Second World War

Tuesday 10th September – 10.30am to 3.30pm

PRONI in conjunction with the Northern Ireland War Memorial would like to invite you to a conference to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. This event will take place at PRONI on Tuesday 10 September 2019, 10.30am-3.30pm.

The conference will explore a wide range of themes including amongst others: the official history of Northern Ireland during the Second World War, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Belfast Blitz, and the 1st Battalion US Rangers in Carrick. There will be an emphasis on sources and resources available to individuals or groups engaged in researching the War.

Confirmed speakers will include: Dr Tim Bowman of the University of Kent, author Brian Barton, Mike King from Down County Museum, Shirin Murphy from Carrickfergus Museum and Ronan McConnell from Derry City and Strabane District Council.

To book your ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/80-years-on-northern-ireland-in-the-second-world-war-tickets-62305097223

PRONI does not require you to print your ticket.

Sep
12
Thu
NIWM Lecture Series 2019 / The Shipyards at War – John Lynch @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 12 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NIWM Lecture Series 2019

The Shipyards at War

John Lynch

Thursday 12th September 2019 at 7.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

In the First World War, materials were diverted to yards with naval construction projects, men flocked to enlist and the Belfast shipyards were brought to a standstill in the early months of the war. It was not until the latter half of the war that the need for replacement merchant tonnage was recognised and the yards on the Lagan received priority.

When war came again in 1939, the same mistakes were not to be made. The experience of the Belfast shipyards served to illustrate how well prepared Britain was for a major conflict in 1939 but also that errors could still be made.

A final aspect of this lecture will be the experience of the ships built on the Lagan, stories that illustrate the horror, and the sometimes shocking futility, of maritime warfare of the twentieth century.

John Lynch is a former lecturer at Queens University, Belfast and is the author of ‘Belfast Built Ships’.

FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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