Mapping the Blitz

Mapping the Blitz

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the ‘Belfast Blitz’, a defining moment in the history and development of Belfast City.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial and the Centre for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geomatics at the School of the Natural and Built Environment, Queens University Belfast are pleased to announce the launch of a new and exciting project, ‘Mapping the Blitz’.

Based on an original Stadt Plan Von Belfast held by the NI War Memorial that identifies Luftwaffe targets in the city, the project will digitally map information relating to the Blitz including those killed by enemy action in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Newtownards and Bangor, bomb locations and site damage, with other historical information taken from primary sources.

The result will be an interactive web map freely available online that will help facilitate a deeper understanding of the Luftwaffe raids on Northern Ireland 80 years ago through this new visual overview.

Additionally, a lecture series involving historians and the project coordinators will be hosted later in the year.

Follow the project on social media using the hashtag: #BelBlitz80.

For more information on the project contact: Alan Freeburn – or Conor Graham –

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