Events

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

Sep
14
Sat
Look Out in the Blackout @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 14 @ 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Look Out in the Blackout

European Heritage Open Day 2019

Free family event with hands-on activities for all ages!

On 3rd September 1939, the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain announced the declaration of war on Germany. Blackout regulations had been imposed two days before on 1st September. These required that all windows and doors should be covered at night with suitable material such as heavy curtains, cardboard or paint, to prevent the escape of any glimmer of light that might aid enemy aircraft.

The blackout caused serious problems for pedestrians and drivers. The number of road accidents increased because of the lack of streetlights and dimmed traffic lights. To help prevent accidents white stripes were painted on the roads, pavements and lampposts. People were encouraged to walk facing the traffic and to leave their white shirttails hanging out so that they could be seen by cars with dimmed headlights. The Look Out in the Blackout campaign began in 1940 due to the number of fatal accidents in the blackout.

Over the next few months petrol and food rationing was introduced. Identity cards and gas masks were circulated, and the ringing of church bells was banned except to signal an attempted invasion. Clothing rationing was introduced in 1941.

Visit the Northern Ireland War Memorial on 14th September to learn about the blackout, other air raid precautions and the evacuation of children. Listen to 1940s music while you make your own identity card and ration book and take part in some hands-on Dig For Victory activities. Dress up in authentic uniforms and have a souvenir photograph taken as a pilot, a Home Guard soldier, an air raid warden or a nurse in the Belfast Blitz. This is a free family event with activities suitable for all ages.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial is an accredited museum in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter which tells the story of Northern Ireland’s contribution to the war effort during the Second World War. Objects on display relate to the Belfast Blitz, the Home Guard, the role of women and the presence of US forces in Northern Ireland.

Sep
20
Fri
When The Lights Go On Again – Culture Night 2019 @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 20 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

When The Lights Go On Again

Culture Night 2019

Friday 20th September – 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

Join us on Friday 20th September 2019 for our When The Lights Go On Again Culture Night Event.

Close-harmony vocal trio Swingabella and their live band will perform songs from the 1940s while the Bellehoppers demonstrate dance routines from that bygone era.

Performances will take place hourly, 40 minute singing performances by Swingabella will take place at 7.20, 8.20 and 9.20.

20 minute dancing performances by the Bellehoppers will take place at 7.00, 8.00 and 9.00pm.

This is a family friendly event and dancing and vintage dress is encouraged.

Fully wheelchair accessible.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD.

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