Events

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.

Sep
21
Sat
Dig For Victory – Culture Day 2019 @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Sep 21 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Dig For Victory

Culture Day 2019

Saturday 21st September – 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

Visit the museum on Saturday 21st September between 12pm – 4pm to learn about Digging for Victory and rationing during the Second World War. Little evacuees can roll up their sleeves to harvest, wash and peel a carrot to make a carrot lollipop. Other activities include tasting a wartime cake and making a ration book and identity card to take home.

This is a free family event.

Fully Wheelchair accessible.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

Oct
5
Sat
Saturday Opening 12pm – 4pm @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Oct 5 @ 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

Oct
18
Fri
There’ll be Bluebirds over… @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Oct 18 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

There’ll be Bluebirds over…

Positive Ageing Month

Friday 18th October – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

Visit the museum to look back at life in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. Have a slice of wartime cake and a cup of tea. Sing-along to songs from the 1940s with live piano by Karen Diamond. Ration books and identity cards not required.

Booking Required: contact info@niwarmemorial or telephone 02890320392 to book your space.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

028 9032 0392

Oct
24
Thu
NIWM Lecture Series 2019 / The Ulster Home Guard in the Second World War – David Orr @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Oct 24 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NIWM Lecture Series 2019

The Ulster Home Guard in the Second World War

David Orr

Thursday 24th October 2019 at 7.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

This presentation will provide an overview of the Ulster Home Guard during the Second World War. From 1940 to 1944 and uniquely in the United Kingdom, the Home Guard in Northern Ireland was raised as an extension of the constabulary forces which were administered by the Stormont Government. This unusual arrangement led to a number of differences between the Home Guard raised in Ulster and that raised in Great Britain.

David Orr is the author of Duty Without Glory and has co-authored a number of other books.

FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

Nov
2
Sat
Saturday Opening 12pm – 4pm @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Nov 2 @ 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

Nov
25
Mon
Book launch of ‘Petticoat Pilots: Biographies and Achievements of Irish Female Aviators, 1909-1939’ by Michael Traynor @ Northern Ireland War Memorial
Nov 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Book launch of ‘Petticoat Pilots: Biographies and Achievements of Irish Female Aviators, 1909-1939’ by Michael Traynor

Monday 25th November – 7pm to 9pm

On Monday 25th November, Michael Traynor will launch his book ‘Petticoat Pilots: Biographies and Achievements of Irish Female Aviators, 1909-1939‘ at the Northern Ireland War Memorial.

The book will be launched by Dr Wendy Austin MBE and the evening will be hosted by aviation historian and author, Guy Warner.

The book is the result of eight years research and comprises 205,000 words on 650 pages divided into two volumes. The detailed index extends to 45 pages. There are 773 photographs most of them are from private family collections and never before been published. It is being offered at a special discounted price of £45 for both volumes purchased on the night. The Foreword is provided by President Michael D. Higgins.

Please see the attached leaflet for a blurb of the publication and for further info.

To RSVP please email traynormichael0@gmail.com.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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