An Historic Screening: From 1914 to 2014

Film Hub NI and Queen’s Film Theatre presents:

An Historic Screening: From 1914 to 2014

Friday 8 August 2014, Big Screen, Belfast City Hall

For over one hundred years’ cinema has entertained, amused and informed audiences in their millions across the world. Marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, this special event recreates a piece of cinema history for the modern era, with screenings of two unique historic films.

Programme 1:
Epic Wartime Romance: A Farewell to Arms
Start time: 1pm

Director: Frank Borzage
USA 1932 | Black & White | 88 mins

A forgotten film masterpiece, this early adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel stars Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes as war-torn lovers and is both a persuasive picture of the nightmare that was World War One as well as a deeply affecting tribute to the transcendent power of love.

Programme 2
Time Travel: A Night at the Cinema in 1914
Start time: 6pm
Total running time 85 mins
Take a trip back in time with us to experience what audiences would have watched in cinemas on the eve of World War I, one hundred years ago today
A century ago cinema was a new and exciting form of entertainment. Picture houses were both a place of escapism from the daily grind but also provided much needed information on the events of the war.
Drawing from the archives of the British Film Institute, this collection of newsreel footage, travelogues, short films and cinematic curiosities, recreates a typical cinema programme as seen in 1914.

These screenings are free but it is advisable to book in advance at

Belfast City Hall is a public area and this is a completely alcohol-free event. Please bring warm clothes and something to sit on as this is an outdoor event.

An Historic Screening

An Historic Screening

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Gallery closure

Please note that Northern Ireland War Memorial will be closed on Friday 11th July and Monday 14th July, reopening on Tuesday 15th July at 10.30am.

Wish you were here

Wish you were here


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Thursday 3rd July 2014 Book launch in the Gallery

A book launch will take place from 12.30 – 2.00 pm in the gallery at the Northern Ireland War Memorial on Thursday 3rd July. This will be the latest in a series of the museum’s publications, and is based on the papers of Richard Pim RNVR, Supervisor of Churchill’s Map Room during World War Two. This book details the setting up of map rooms and arrangements made for Admiralty House, Dunkirk, The Atlantic Charter, the Casablanca Declaration, Operation Torch; the allied landings in North Africa, the Normandy landing in 1944, and conferences in Washington, Quebec and Yalta. The publication has been written by Major John Potter author of Scarce Heard amid the Guns and The Belfast Blitz.

Material regarding Captain Richard Pim will be displayed in the gallery along with some previously unseen Churchill material relating to the Yalta conference of 1944 and a number of personal possessions belonging to Churchill.

The book is available from the gallery, priced at £5.00, and by mail order at £7.00 including postage and packaging. For enquiries relating to purchasing a copy please contact

A photo call will take place following speeches at 1.30pm, Press are invited to attend to meet members of the Pim family and view material on display. For further information please contact the Curator, Ciaran Elizabeth Doran, (m) 07711417412. Light refreshments will be served.

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Gallery closures

Planning a visit to NIWM?

Make a note that on Friday 27th June 2014 the gallery will be opening earlier than usual, come and visit from 9.30am. We will close at 3.00 on Friday. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The gallery will open slightly later than usual on Thursday 3rd July 2014. We are having an exhibition launch, please come and join us from 2.30 on that day, the gallery will remain open until 6.00.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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D Day Commemorations at the Northern Ireland War Memorial

Friday 6th June and Saturday 7th June 2014

The invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944, was the most momentous military operation in history. Not only was Northern Ireland a major training ground for US troops, Belfast Lough was also the assembly point for half of the Allied bombardment fleet.

Three huge US battleships, ‘Texas’, ‘Nevada’ and ‘Arkansas’ spent a month preparing at anchor off Bangor. British, Free French and a Dutch warship also gathered, until there were 30,000 crew out in the Lough. The Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, visited Bangor and the fleet on 19 May 1944. Rare photographs record his inspirational tour.

What we are doing
The Northern Ireland War Memorial will be commemorating the significance of this anniversary with a series of events in the gallery.

On Friday 6th June from 10.30 – 4.30 visitors will be welcomed to the gallery by staff in wartime costume, both civilian and military, including an US Army Combat Engineer. Visitors can view military styled displays, original uniforms and equipment. Unique Pathé film footage will be on display while experts will be on hand to discuss not only the D Day Landings but also lifestyle on the home front. Press photo call from 12.30

NI War Memorial is hosting a free family Living History event on Saturday 7th June to mark the 70th anniversary of D-day.

Members of the Wartime Living History Society will wear US and British uniforms of the Normandy campaign and will give informal presentations about the preparations taking place in Northern Ireland in the lead up to D-Day.

The public are invited to drop in throughout the day to see interactive displays of artefacts, weapons, and to talk to costumed experts who will explain how the American and British army, alongside the US Navy and the Royal Navy, were preparing in Northern Ireland for the D-Day invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

There will be educational activities for children and it will be a great opportunity for families to visit The Gallery. Visitors can get a “hands-on” experience of the kit used by those who landed by sea and air and talk to living history specialists portraying the troops.

Informal talks and briefings will explain the operation more fully and actual wartime training films will be shown to give visitors a taste of the preparations for the largest invasion in human history.

The event runs from 10am to 4.30pm and admission is free. Press call from 12.30. No booking necessary.

Background about us, The Museum

Recently awarded full Museum Accreditation, situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, The Northern Ireland War Memorial is a small museum that tells a huge story. The Museum stands as a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. There is particular emphasis on the Belfast Blitz and the Home Front. A flourishing Education and Outreach programme ensures that the story of the Blitz is related to all age groups. Temporary themed displays are presented alongside permanent exhibitions.


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Gallery closure 02 June

The Northern Ireland War Memorial gallery will be closed on Monday 02 June 2014. It will re-open on Tuesday as normal at 10.30am.

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Bank holiday closure

The War Memorial will be closed on Monday 26 May, but will reopen on Tuesday 27 May at 10.30am.

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Castleton Lanterns Illustrated talks

The two illustrated talks on the Castleton Lanterns held at the War Memorial as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival this month were a great success.

For those who were unable to attend or would like to revisit the lantern slides, our Castleton Lanterns showcases are still available to view in the gallery.

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Drawing Day 2014

Saturday 17th May 2014, 10.30am – 4pm
Admission free- no booking necessary

On Saturday 17th May NI War Memorial will take part in Drawing Day, a nationwide event which is held in partnership with national, regional and local museums, libraries, cultural and arts centres.

Families are invited to take part in a day of drawing inspired by museum artefacts which tell the story of the Home Front in Northern Ireland 1939-1945.

Visitors can learn about the contemporary art pieces in our collection and how they serve as memorials to those who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Charcoal, chalk and colouring pencils will be provided, with drawing activities to suit all ages.

Additional information:
On the day, museum staff will be dressed in Second World War uniforms and costumes to inspire and assist those who wish to draw at the event.

We have lots of ideas about what you can sketch in the gallery. A good place to start might be the original artworks in our collection. Visitors can learn about the artists and how the artworks serve as memorials to those who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

You will see; a stained glass memorial window by Stanley Murray Scott, sculptures by Carolyn Mulholland and John Sherlock, two hammered copper friezes by James McKendry, and a portrait of Magennis VC by Robert Carson Taylor.

2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. During the Second World War, 300 000 men from the US forces passed through Northern Ireland. Many of these servicemen were part of the bombardment fleet which left Belfast Lough for the Normandy landings in June 1944. The presence of the US forces and the enduring friendship cemented between the Americans and the people in Northern Ireland is remembered in our gallery. On Drawing Day, some visitors might take inspiration from the original artwork we have in the museum concerning the Americans training in Ulster between 1942 and 1944.

The vital wartime industries in Northern Ireland and the Americans who trained here are remembered in two large friezes of hammered copper by Ulster artist James McKendry.

This event is free and booking is not necessary.

For more information about Drawing Day please contact Jenny.
NI War Memorial
21 Talbot Street
(Beside St Anne’s Cathedral)
Tel: 028 90 320392 (Option 3)

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