The Northern Ireland War Memorial gallery will close early of Thursday 12 December at 4.00pm.
Northern Ireland War Memorial Christmas Card available at Reception
Pack of five cards at £2.00 per pack or 50 pence each.
The Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM) was awarded Full Museum Accreditation by the Arts Council England (ACE) in September 2013.
We are very proud of this great achievement and accolade and hope that this will aid our purpose:
To enrich people’s understanding of the contribution of the people of Northern Ireland in two world wars by preserving and displaying a unique collection and delivering a programme of engaging displays and enjoyable events to visitors and tourists from around the world. The NIWM will reach out to everyone in Northern Ireland through a programme of learning and education.
Museum Accreditation will enable NIWM to deliver its key aims and objectives working to the agreed standards of all museums, as well as striving for improvements.
We hope to continue working with other museums and collectors and through this award it will encourage confidence in NIWM and show our shared ethical and professional basis with all other museums.
Accreditation demonstrates that NIWM has met a national standard and will assist us in improving our focus on meeting our users’ needs and interests as stated in our purpose.
The NIWM is a small independent museum which has recently achieved museum accreditation. Its main focus is on Northern Ireland’s contribution to the two World Wars with an emphasis on the Home Front.
The NIWM wishes to appoint a Finance and Administration Officer to manage administrative, legal, accounting and marketing duties in line with the job description for the post and the current Business Plan.
The person appointed will join a small management team which reports to the Curator. The post involves attendance of 20 hours a week, to be worked over five days. Remuneration and terms of contract are negotiable.
For the job description, the detailed criteria and application form, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be returned by 4.00pm on Thursday 19 December 2013.
The NIWM is an equal opportunities employer.
‘Lest We Forget’, the history of the War Memorial is now available to purchase from the NIWM gallery. The price of the book is ten pounds.
Please also note that there are a few remaining copies of John Potter’s ‘Scarce Heard Amid the Guns’ available to purchase in the NIWM gallery. This book will however, soon be made available in PDF format as a free download.
Learn how families coped with rationing and wartime shortages while ‘Digging for Victory’ at Christmas during the Second World War, then participate in various crafts, including 1940′s-style Christmas decorations, cards, and sample some Wartime Christmas cake.
Saturday 7th December 2013, 10.30am – 4pm, admission free.
Saturday 7th December 2013, 10.30am – 4pm, admission free
Call into the War Memorial gallery to experience a Wartime Christmas for all the family!
Hear how families had to Dig for Victory to ensure there was festive food on the table and gifts under the tree.
Create some Make Do and Mend Christmas decorations and sample our wartime ration recipe Christmas cake.
Play with popular toys from the 1940s, such as Rag Bag dolls and tin-can telephones, while listening to wartime Christmas music.
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A history of the Northern Ireland War Memorial, …
Martin Luther King Jr. once said ‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history’. And if you visit the Northern Ireland War Memorial, based on Talbot Street beside St. Anne’s Cathedral, you will find that this is certainly true.
The Northern Ireland War Memorial includes the War Memorial Gallery, a permanent exhibition of Northern Ireland in the Second World War. It serves to help answer the question of what life was like here during the war. detailing information of the Ulster Home Guard, American Forces, women’s roles during wartime and other facets such as ships, aircrafts, munitions and more.
The Gallery, which holds various artworks, from portraits, stain glass windows, sculptures, copper friezes and a large bronze relief, also serves as a memorial to the one thousand men, women and children who died in the Blitz of Belfast in 1941.
Originally, the War Memorial was based on Waring Street on a site that had been bombed during the Blitz in May 1941. The first appeal to form a War Memorial came in 1943, with Churchill’s Conservative government committing to match public donations. The building, Memorial House, was opened to the public in 1963, by the Queen Mother. Over forty years later, after deciding that Memorial House had fulfilled its original intentions, the Memorial downscaled and relocated to Talbot Street in 2006.
“The Northern Ireland War Memorial welcomes all community groups, profession bodies, ex-Service organisations, secondary schools and other education groups, as well as interested individuals. Through their primary school programme, which runs through term time, children can see an audio-visual show detailing the Home Front, and handle exhibits, photos and artefacts from the era. There’s also an opportunity to dress up in real wartime uniforms, and become a History Detective in the downstairs gallery!
“We get between 7,000 to 9,000 visitors a year,” says curator Ciaran Elizabeth Doran, “the large part of them being school groups. We want to challenge people’s perception of a war memorial as something static, set in stone. We are a living, breathing equivalent of that, focusing on the contribution of Northern Irish people to the war. We aim to offer hands-on experience, with rotating, special displays as well as our ﬁxed exhibitions. It’s great to see the reaction of children and other groups, really interacting with history.”
Ciaran previously worked in London’s Imperial War Museum for 25 years, and is using that experience to help secure official museum accreditation for the Memorial from the Arts Council. This will allow the Memorial team to offer a ‘purpose-built archive’ and provide access to ‘an accredited museum database’ of material, which they hope to launch in 2014.
“The current archive was started in 1985. It contains hundreds of photographs and social history items such as ration books, letters, diaries and scrapbooks, and is currently in the process of being digitally archived. It offers a vital resource to all community groups seeking to delve into the past and discover local stories, as well as a real taste of life on the home front. The centre has an Active Acquisitions remit for anyone who feels they have articles and mementos that may be of interest.
“We want to get clothes, toys, even a motorbike in the place! But we also want to hear people’s own stories and experiences.” stated Ciaran. It is this individual, personal touch, that really helps bring the history alive throughout the gallery. Visitors can be shown about by a war veteran who served as a Commando in the Far East, offering expert insight and analysis on the displays.
“The memorial also acts a signposting organisation for family history research. “Anyone interested in private research can be redirected to larger institutions such as The National Archives, or the Royal Irish Fusiliers.” Travel grants are available for schools that are interested in arranging a visit, and can be arranged through the Memorial’s Education Ofﬁcer, Jenny Haslett.
Alongside the permanent exhibitions on offer, the Memorial also hosts a variety of special events. Recently, as part of European Heritage Open Days, the ‘Dig For Victory’ show dealt with agricultural aspects of wartime, holding a cookery demonstration and a petting zoo, emphasising the importance of farming in Northern Ireland during World War Two. Culture Night Belfast also saw a special ‘Sing & Dance for Victory night’, celebrating the music of the ‘30s and ‘40s with vocal harmony trio, Swingabella. An amazing 4,500 people came through the door on Culture Night.
In October, the Memorial will host an Open Day for primary school teachers, offering a wide range on hands-on activities and workshops tying into the history curriculum. Also on October 29th is the launch of ‘Lest We Forget’, a book commemorating fifty years of the Memorial. And on November 11th, a poppy ceremony will be held to mark Armistice Day. This will be open to the public.
A visit to the NI Memorial will see you see that history is a fluid and engaging subject, offering interaction and context. It is this approach which Ciaran and her team feels will help the centre “perform on a local, national and international level” going ahead. Book your visit now, or just drop in on your lunchtime, you will be well rewarded.
By Colin Dardis. Reproduced from Quarter Beat, Monthly News & Listings for Belfast’s Cultural Quarter.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Northern Ireland War Memorial was a great success. We would like to thank everyone who called into our museum to purchase our homemade buns. We are delighted to announce that we raised a wonderful £192.71 for a great cause!