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Object of the Month – December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ series was illustrated by Cyril Bird under the alias ‘Fougasse’ who worked unpaid for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. The images depicted every day situations in which caricatures of leading Nazis such as Hitler, Goering and Goebbels eavesdropped on conversations for sensitive material and intelligence.

The “Careless Talk” Xmas Cards were sold without envelopes in order ‘to save paper and bring victory nearer”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had an extremely busy 2018 at NIWM and having taken inspiration from these Christmas cards in our collection (NIWM:2018.2161), we’ve decided this need not prevent us wishing all our visitors, friends and supporters a very happy Christmas!

We have plenty of exciting plans for the year ahead already and hope to see you all again in 2019!

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Christmas closing

The museum will close at 2pm on Friday 21st December and reopen on Wednesday 2nd January at 10am.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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We are closed today- Monday 17th December 2018

Monday 17th December 2018

The museum is closed today due to unforeseen circumstance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Object of the month

Object of the month – November 2018

 

With the onset of winter and the nights drawing in, it’s important that your vehicle is prepared for the changing driving conditions. But spare a thought for those drivers during the Second World War who also had to contend with the blackout regulations. Initially the blackout had an alarming effect; the number of accidents increased and the number of deaths on the road doubled!

The regulations were changed, and cars were permitted to drive with dipped headlights provided they had a headlight mask such as this one from the NIWM collection (NIWM:2016.2172). The three-slot headlight mask was released towards the end of September 1939 and was eventually made compulsory on 22nd January 1940. It was to be placed over the headlight, replacing the glass and limiting the light that could be seen from above.

Despite being introduced to help ensure people’s safety, there are many examples of the blackout and other Air Raid Precautions being treated with indifference in Northern Ireland. Some dismissed the blackout as ‘a political stunt’ and stated they would rather ‘run the risk of bombs falling nearby rather than live for the duration [of the war] in rooms that remind [her] of a dungeon’. It was even highlighted on 10th April, 1941 (two days after the first raid on Belfast and five days before the Easter Tuesday Raid) that the lighthouses in Belfast Lough were still functioning as in peacetime.

There was a widespread belief that Belfast would not be bombed by the Luftwaffe which was sadly to be disproved over the course of April and May 1941.

 

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Object of the month

Object of the month – October 2018

 

On the 29th October 1963, 55 years ago the War Memorial Building on Waring Street was officially opened by the Queen Mother and so it is only fitting that October’s Object of the Month marks the occasion.

 

The idea for the building originated in two separate funding appeals ran by the British Legion in Northern Ireland and the Parliament of Northern Ireland at Stormont. In 1947 the Legion appeal merged into the Northern Ireland War Memorial Building Fund and the NI Government pledged to match every £1 raised up to £100,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The offices of the NI War Memorial Building Fund were based in three converted tramcarsin an area destroyed by the Belfast Blitz in 1941 called Blitzed Square on High Street, Belfast.

 

 

 

Various appeals such as the ‘Odd Shillings and Pence Appeal’ at Christmas 1948 (pictured) and a ‘Torch of Remembrance Appeal’ were launched to raise the funds required for the building.

 

 

 

 

However it was not until 1963 that enough money was raised and the building completed. Pictured is a copy of the order of events for the opening ceremony on 29th October 1963.

 

 

 

In 2008 the NI War Memorial including the memorials, objects and artworks such as this stained glass window by Stanley Murray Scott relocated to it’s current location on Talbot Street, Belfast. As an accredited museum, the NI War Memorial has a thriving learning programme, an ever-growing collection and continues to provide accommodation for ex-service charities and act as a memorial to those from Northern Ireland who were killed in both the First and Second World Wars.

 

 

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Object of the month

Object of the month – September 2018

In conjunction with Down County Museum and Ballykinlar History Hut, our Object of the Month for September 2018 is this dog tag (NIWM:2017.2148).

Belonging to a William J. Wolfe, it was found under the floor boards of one of the 1900s period timber ‘Armstrong’ huts at Ballykinlar Army Barracks as it was being dismantled in the 1990s.

Unfortunately, we have only a little more information regarding William. He was from Cook County, Chicago, Illinois and on the 16th April 1941, aged 22, he was drafted into the Panama Canal Department of the US Army.

We don’t know what unit he served with, how he or his dogtag came to be at Ballykinlar or even if he survived the war.  Perhaps some of you may be able to help us?

A reconstruction of one of the timber ‘Armstrong’ huts will be recreated in the central courtyard of Down County Museum and made open to the public in September 2019.  It will tell the stories of the huts numerous and varied occupants throughout its many periods of use.

More info regarding the Hut Project can be found at Down County Museum and Ballykinlar History Hut.

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There’ll be Bluebirds over…

There’ll be Bluebirds over…

Singing and Reminiscence Workshop

 

Thursday 11th October 2018

1.30 – 2.30 pm

 

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.

Fully Wheelchair accessible.

This is a FREE event with limited spaces therefore booking is essential.

 

To book a space contact: education@niwarmemorial.org or telephone 02890320392 Option 3.

 

Working to become Dementia Friendly.

In association with Age-friendly Belfast.

 

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street

Belfast

BT1 2LD

02890320392

 

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Culture Night 2018

‘Dig for Victory’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’ 

NIWM Culture Night 2018

 

Visit the Northern Ireland War Memorial on Friday 21st September 2018 to take part in our Culture Night activities.

‘Dig for Victory’

Friday 21st September 2018 @ 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

A chance for little evacuees to learn about Dig for Victory and the Second World War. Roll up your sleeves for hands-on activities.

  • Make a carrot lollipop
  • Make a Ration book and Identity card

 

 

 

‘We’ll Meet Again’

Friday 21st September 2018 @ 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

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

  • Song and Dance performances every hour
  • Wartime entertainment

Come along and dance!

 

 

 

 

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Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street

Belfast

BT 1 2LD

02890320392

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Object of the Month

Belfast City Tramway Route Map and Guide (NIWM:2018.2184)

With the introduction of the new Translink Gliders next month in mind, our object of the month for August is this ‘Belfast City Tramway Route Map and Guide’.

Produced in September 1920, the map shows just how extensive the tram network once was in Belfast with termini as far out as Glengormley, Andersonstown and Dundonald. What makes this item truly unique however is that it has been annotated to show damage done to the network during the Belfast Blitz in April/May 1941.

 

 

 

 

 

A ⨂ shows the damage caused by the Luftwaffe during the Easter Tuesday Raid on the night of 15/16th April.

While a * shows damage sustained during the Fire Raid on the night of 4/5th May. This raid became known as the Fire Raid due to the approx. 96,000 incendiary bombs that were dropped during the raid.

A larger version of the map is now on display in our temporary exhibition on the Belfast Blitz.

 

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Speed That Spitfire – European Heritage Open Day 2018

Speed That Spitfire – European Heritage Open Day at the Northern Ireland War Memorial

 

Saturday 8th September 2018

10:30am to 4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come along to the Northern Ireland War Memorial’s Speed That Spitfire event to learn about the RAF during the Second World War.

Click here to view the Speed That Spitfire flyer

  • Climb inside the cockpit of a full-size replica Spitfire from the Ulster Aviation Society which will be parked outside the museum
  • Explore the aircraft and imagine what it would have been like to fly a Spitfire during the Second World War
  • Dress up in real RAF and WAAF uniforms and have your photograph taken with green-screen technology that will transfer your image onto a Second World War background, creating a high quality souvenir photograph to take home.
  • Take part in craft activities suitable for all ages
  • Listen to wartime music and view our exhibition about the Home Front during the Second World War

Kindly supported by the Ulster Aviation Society and Living Legacies.

Read about this and other RAF 100 events at: https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100/whats-on/speed-that-spitfire/

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Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street

Belfast

BT1 2LD

02890320392

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