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74 Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz

On Wednesday 15 April 2015 the Northern Ireland War Memorial commemorated the 74th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz. The event had 50 attendees and some images from the ocsasion are shown below.

The Newsletter also published a short video of the commemoration, which can be viewed at:

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/video/news/belfast-blitz-commemoration-4174919782001

 

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John Potter Collection of Scrapbooks

A newspaper clipping from John Potter’s scrapbooks.

If you would like to arrange an appointment to view the collection please contact the museum as detailed below:

info@niwarmemorial.org

028 9032 0392 ext.4

Six Bombers Destroyed in Raid on London

Six Bombers Destroyed in Raid on London

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John Potter Collection of Scrapbooks

Selection Four from John Potter’s scrapbooks.

Please browse the image gallery below and select individual images for an enlarged view.

If you would like to arrange an appointment to view the collection please contact the museum as detailed below:

info@niwarmemorial.org

028 9032 0392 ext.4

Ulster Bears the Full Brunt of Nazi Viciousness

Ulster Bears the Full Brunt of Nazi Viciousness

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John Potter Collection of Scrapbooks

Selection Three from John Potter’s scrapbooks.

Please browse the image gallery below and select individual images for an enlarged view.

If you would like to arrange an appointment to view the collection please contact the museum as detailed below:

info@niwarmemorial.org

028 9032 0392 ext.4

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Invitation to 74th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz

On Wednesday 15 April 2015 the Northern Ireland War Memorial will commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz. We will remember all those lost in the Blitz and will be holding a small ceremony to remember this event.

Members of the Public are welcome to attend.

The event will begin at 11.30am, and will include a minute’s silence at 12.00pm.

A light sandwich lunch will be served in the gallery.

Due to limited gallery capacity, if you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Kerry McIvor at info@niwarmemorial.org or 028 9032 0392 ext. 4.

74th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz

74th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz

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John Potter Collection of Scrapbooks

Selection Two from John Potter’s scrapbooks.

Please browse the image gallery below and select individual images for an enlarged view.

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John Potter Collection of Scrapbooks

Throughout April 2015 The Northern Ireland War Memorial are delighted to present, for the first time, a selection of images from scrapbooks from the John Potter Collection.

John Potter was the original Curator of the Northern Ireland War Memorial when it was located in Waring Street. John Potter was instrumental in assembling the Home Front Exhibition which is now on permanent display in the War Memorial Gallery, Talbot Street.

Born in 1925 John Potter was a schoolboy during the Belfast Blitz of 1941. These scrapbooks, starting from 1939, cover how the war was reported through newspapers and journals, plus handwritten comments, poems, and even hand drawn maps by John Potter himself. One scrapbook comprising of political cartoons of the period that were printed in newspapers, plus some more familiar Wartime material relating to Careless Talk and Keeping Mum.

The poignant headlines following the Easter raids of April 15 1941 have been carefully placed in one of many scrapbooks.

The scrapbooks, now carefully looked after in the museums Archive, will also be displayed in the gallery during April. If you wish to view them the gallery is open from 10.00 – 4.00 Monday to Friday. The selection will be changed regularly and facsimiles available for visitors to study more closely.

John Potter is now the Patron of the Northern Ireland War Memorial, and still keeps a diary. His remarkable Scrapbooks and written accounts of the Belfast Blitz have played a huge part in keeping alive the memory of those killed in the bombing raids of April and May 1941. They will never be forgotten.

The scrapbooks have been photographed by renowned Museum Photographer Bryan Rutledge, all images are owned by the Northern Ireland War Memorial. Permission must be sought before using any images.

If you would like to arrange an appointment to view the collection please contact the museum as detailed below:

info@niwarmemorial.org

028 9032 0392 ext.4

Please browse the image gallery below and select individual images for an enlarged view.

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Display with scrapbook

Women & War featuring The Golden Sisters

Below is a selection of images from the “Women and War” exhibition.

Please browse the image gallery below and select individual images for an enlarged view.

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‘In my day, all we got for Easter was a carrot on a stick!’

During the war there were food shortages as enemy submarines began to sink ships, leading to a short supply of certain foods. Rationing was introduced in 1940 to make sure everyone got their fair share of the food available. This photograph, a still from British Pathé, illustrates  how sugar which was rationed was replaced by carrots as a sweetener during the Second World War.

Please note that the Northern Ireland War Memorial Gallery will be closing for Easter on Thursday 2 April 2015 and will reopen on Wednesday 8 April at 10.00am.

Carrot on a stick

Carrot on a stick

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VE (Victory in Europe) Day

VE (Victory in Europe) Day was celebrated on 8th May 1945, officially announcing the end of World War Two in Europe.

For the people of Northern Ireland, this was an important day to remember not only their contributions to the war effort, but the losses and sacrifices made by people living in the city during the devastating Belfast blitz of 1941.

VE Day was a time for celebration. Houses were garlanded with bunting and spontaneous celebrations broke out as men, women and children rejoiced. Street parties were organised all over Northern Ireland to allow families and neighbours to celebrate Victory together with feasts of cakes, desserts and special treats. The war was over and finally family life could return to normality; the threat of German bombs had ended, black out curtains were no longer needed and gas masks were cast aside!

Were you named on VE Day? Is your birthday on VE Day? Can you remember anything special from VE Day? We want to know.

Front of VE Day Memories Form

Front of VE Day Memories Form

Back of VE Day Memories Form

Back of VE Day Memories Form

VE Day Memories Form

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