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Armistice Day, Act of Remembrance

Description of event: Act of Remembrance
Tuesday 11 November 2014
From 10.30 -11.30 at the Northern Ireland War Memorial, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD
Free of charge and no booking necessary, members of the public are invited to attend

Window Display:
Two figures representing loss and grief are presented in a striking window display that compiles 25,000 poppy petals

Background:
On Tuesday 11 November at 11.00 the NIWM will hold a short but poignant ceremony to commemorate Armistice Day, and remember the men and women killed in both the First and Second World Wars

What is Armistice Day?
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War One and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War One. This  took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning; the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918.

Press are invited to attend this ceremony that is being held in NIWM gallery at 21 Talbot Street, BT1 2LD.

This event will be attended by staff of NIWM, invited guests and members of the public.
Schedule:
10.00   Tea and coffee will be served in the gallery
10.30   All guests assemble in the gallery
10.45   Welcome by NIWM Chairman, Mr Ian Wilson
10.50   laying of the wreath by Museum Assistant Mr Bob Wright BEM, aged 91 and veteran of World War Two
10.55   NIWM  staff will recite the ‘Ode of Remembrance ‘ taken form Laurence Binyon’s
Poem ‘For the Fallen’
11.00   There will be a two minute silence
11.05   Kohima Prayer read by Mr Bob Wright BEM
11.10   A reading by the Chairman, ‘In Memoriam’ by First World War poet, Edward Thomas, Museum Assistant, Mr Bill Porter will turn a page in each of the two Books of Remembrance
11.15   closing prayer by Colonel C T Hogg

Quote from the NIWM Chairman, Mr Ian Wilson
‘In this centenary year of the start of World War One, in many ways it seems closer to us rather than getting farther away.

There is a huge public Interest in family history; Britain’s most popular hobby. The ease with which people can consult records on-line in their own home is such that largely forgotten servicemen and women, and their exploits and fates are coming back into focus.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial exists to perpetuate the memory of those who served in the forces and on the home front in both World Wars. Armistice Day is of course annually commemorated, but it is heartening to realise that the historical and personal stories are being heard more keenly than ever.’

‘Where Poppies Grow Now’ Handover of painting
Following the ceremony to commemorate Armistice Day, there will follow the official handover of a painting by Mr Lawson Wilson which will be added to NIWM collection. Mr Wilson, an accomplished artist, was inspired by the FWW centenary commemorations and has kindly presented this painting along with working drawings and sketches and his thoughts on this work.

The painting will remain on display in the gallery throughout November and December. From 2015 visitors will be able to view both the painting and working drawings by appointment in  the NIWM Archive .The chairman will accept the gift of this painting on behalf of NIWM. John Sherlock the distinguished sculptor will comment on the painting and talk briefly about the artist and the significance of the work being added to the collection.

Images of Remembrance ‘Lest We Forget ‘
Screened in the gallery for 1 month commencing on Armistice Day
Lise McGreevy is a photojournalist and visual artist who attended the WW1 Centenary Remembrance Service at City Hall on the 4th August, which was by the Northern Ireland First World War Centenary Committee and Belfast city Councilors. ‘To me, it was a very moving and touching ceremony where hundreds of members of the public turned up to participate in remembering the fallen on this momentous occasion. I knew that several other professional photographers would be there to cover the event and that many images would be taken of the dignitaries in attendance. As a people photographer, I decided to stay behind the scenes at the event, taking images of people at ground level, veterans and volunteers who were working at the city hall on that special day or members of the public who had given up their time to come and pay their respects and commemorate.’

‘I would therefore like to exhibit this body of work, “Lest We Forget…” in screen format as it is shown here at The NI War Memorial, or in exhibition format, in as many appropriate venues throughout Northern Ireland as I can during this centenary commemorative year. So that in my own small way I can make sure that the thoughts inspired that night would stay in the viewers’ minds longer than just that one evening. As my photographs for this body of work were taken from the centenary commemoration service at City Hall for the START of WW1, I feel it would be very poignant for the exhibition to be hosted in the museum during November which marks the end of WW1. Thus marking both commemorative dates during this 100 year anniversary.’

Please contact the Artist directly:
Lise McGreevy
Photojournalist/Visual Artist
07591101194
marielisemcg@yahoo.co.uk

Armistice Day Window

Armistice Day Window

 

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No Elephants Allowed success

Photos from the successful day at The Linen Hall Library, No Elephants Allowed, a joint project between the Northern Ireland War memorial and The Linen Hall Library.

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Members of the public are invited to an event on Armistice Day

The Chairman and Trustees of the Northern Ireland War Memorial have pleasure in inviting you for an Act of Remembrance, Armistice Day 2014 and the official handover of a new acquisition, “Where poppies grow now”painting by the artist Lawson Wilson.

The event will take place at the Northern Ireland War Memorial Gallery, 21 Talbot Street on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at 10.30am.

RSVP by email to Kerry McIvor at info@niwarmemorial.org or tel. 028 9032 0392 (option 4).

Invitation

Invitation

Armistice Day commemoration

Armistice Day commemoration

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No Elephants Allowed

A First World War family history day at the Linen Hall Library in partnership with the Northern Ireland War Memorial.
Wednesday 5 November 2014, from 11.00-4.00
Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB
Free of charge and no booking necessary

Background
A collaboration between NIWM and Linen Hall Library. Experts will be assembled at the Linen Hall Library to answer questions, give advice and discuss any items brought in. There will be representatives from the Linen Hall Library, the Northern Ireland War Memorial, PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), and Libraries NI will be present. Those taking part include:
• Linen Hall Library
• Northern Ireland War Memorial
• QUB Living Legacies Project
• Libraries NI
• PRONI
• Irish Genealogical Society
• the Somme Heritage Centre

For Visitors
Bring along First World War related items to show us. If we can’t help identify the item we will signpost you to other suitable organisations. No valuations can be supplied. If it fits through the doors and it’s not as big as an Elephant then we would be delighted to welcome you!

If you wish to attend this event please contact:
Deborah Douglas at the Linen Hall Library
d.douglas@linenhall.com
tel: 028 9032 1707

No elephants allowed

No elephants allowed

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Visitor Notice

The Gallery will be closed on Friday 10 October 2014 until 12.45. We apologise for this inconvenience and for any disappointment caused.
Thank you

Curator
Northern Ireland War Memorial

10 October 2014

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are taking part in Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event this Friday 26 September between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Macmillan coffee mornings help raise money for people living with cancer. Come along to the NIWM gallery to sample some home-made treats!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Culture Night 2014

Thank you from NIWM to all those who attended our event on Friday 19 September, over 2,000 people danced and sang along with the Siobhan Pettit Quarter and the foot tapping Bellehoppers throughout the evening… it was standing room only and a memorable event ….same time next year ?

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Culture Night 2014

Please call into the gallery on Friday night to sway to the sounds of popular tunes from the First and Second World War. Enjoy live performances all evening from the Siobhan Pettit Quartet and dance along with the Bellehoppers. Join us for a rousing finale from 9.45pm when song sheets will be passed around for a Sing-A-Long!

Sing and Dance for Victory

Sing and Dance for Victory

Sing and Dance for Victory

Sing and Dance for Victory

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Come and have your picture taken on European Heritage Open Days

Continuing our First World War Commemorations, take part in our Photography and the First World War event. Learn about the significance of photography on the front line and the the home front. See photographs of local men who served in the First World War. Try on replica uniforms and equipment, dress in period costumes provided and have your photographic portrait taken in a First World War studio setting.

Location: The Northern Ireland War Memorial Gallery

Opening Times: Saturday 12 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 13 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm

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The Northern Ireland War Memorial takes part in BBC’s World War One At Home Tour at Portrush

Actor and The One Show reporter Larry Lamb and BBC Radio Ulster’s Kerry McLean will appear at the BBC World War One At Home Tour when it heads to Air Waves Portrush on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September from 10.30am to 6pm.

This free family-friendly event will include hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions designed to appeal to everyone from eight to 80.

Larry Lamb will host the Briefing Room on Saturday, with Kerry McLean taking up the reins on the Sunday. They’ll be presenting a series of enlightening talks with expert contributors – leading military historian and author Jon Cooksey (Sat and Sunday), and First World War historian and author Professor Richard Grayson (Sun).

The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities, as well as helping people to explore their own relatives’ links to the war with Imperial War Museums’ ‘Lives of the First World War’ activity.

Visitors can volunteer to be put through their paces on an outdoor Parade Ground and children can take on Harriet’s Spy Quest as they try to solve a series of clues around the site, an activity inspired by CBBC drama Harriet’s Army. And a supervised badge-making activity will take place, with visitors able to make their own First World War moustache badge.

People can also learn how medicine and communications were transformed during the war, including demonstrations of how carrier pigeons were an invaluable resource for sending messages. They can try using Morse code, Semaphore, Field Telephones and radio equipment with the help of The Royal Signals Museum. The Cavell Nurses’ Trust will demonstrate the role of World War One nurses.

Courtesy of the Northern Ireland War Memorial, visitors can step into a First World War photographic studio, complete with period camera and props, and learn about how important having a portrait photograph taken was. The museum photographer and his costumed assistants will help members of the audience get into character by trying on period costume, uniform and props before posing for an authentic period style portrait that can be taken home.

The poignant story of The Castleton Lanterns will also be highlighted which tells of how a box of lantern slides were found recently in a church organ loft, having been undiscovered for 100 years. The slides contained in the box told stories of young men – soldiers and sailors in First World War uniforms – photographed locally in Belfast. The team will expand on the story and visitors can view copies of the images, and see if they recognise any of the men who remain un-named.

Visitors can also discover the staple diet of a First World War soldier on the front line and see how their food was prepared. Staff in period costume from the Somme Association will be show-casing the infamous ‘Maconochie’s stew’, revealing some of its side effects and explaining why some soldiers called it the “man killer”. The team will also explain how to make the infamous hardtack biscuit, which was the last resort for many troops on the front line, and show an original biscuit which survived the First World War 100 years ago!
The ‘Living Legacies 1914-18’ Engagement Centre is a focal point for connecting academic and community researchers interested in how the First World War lives on in the twenty-first century world. A team from the centre will be on hand to offer advice on the conservation and preservation of personal legacies of the war, the state of the art equipment they use and discuss ideas for community research projects.

In addition BBC Northern Ireland will be running a live blog, featuring stories, pictures, videos and feedback from the two days of action and BBC Radio Ulster’s Saturday Magazine programme, presented by John Toal, will be broadcasting live from the event from 10.30am to Midday.

Larry Lamb said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in BBC Learning’s World War One commemorative events around the UK. As someone who finds history fascinating, I’m learning more about how The Great War touched the lives of people both on the Home Front and on the battlefields of Europe. I’m talking to a host of well-known faces from the world of journalism, literature, and television, and together with a panel of local experts we’re discovering what life was like during this unforgettable conflict.”

For a full list of BBC World War One At Home Tour dates and venues as well as World War One programming on the BBC visit bbc.co.uk/ww1.

How to get there
For members of the public wish to attend Airwaves Portrush, head toward the East Strand Beach car park. The First World War Home Front event is situated on a large hockey field, located near the other stands for Airwaves Portrush, the official address is Causeway Street, Portrush.

 

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