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We have no Bananas!

We have no Bananas!

Today we’re very pleased to host children from Belmont Playcare Preschool who will take part in a music and storytelling workshop with Squiggles & Giggles.

They will explore the museum with Giggles the evacuee to learn about dried eggs, mock banana sandwiches, rabbit pie and digging for victory. We have no bananas!…but we do have 2 oz. of fried egg sweets for each participant!

Their visit is part of Playful Museums – NIMC Festival which highlights museums as welcoming and fun places for children under 5. Visit Northern Ireland Museums Council @ https://www.nimc.co.uk/ for more Playful Museum events for under 5s.

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We’re recruiting!

The Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM) has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Learning Facilitator to join our museum team.

The Council of the Northern Ireland War Memorial (Incorporated) is a registered charity in Northern Ireland (NIC 103635) and registered as a company limited by guarantee (NI 002888).

Its purposes are threefold: to provide an enduring memorial to the people of Northern Ireland who lost their lives in the First and Second World War, in particular the Belfast blitz; to provide office accommodation for ex-Service organisations; to commemorate the association of the Armed Forces of the USA with Northern Ireland in the Second World War.

The NIWM operates an accredited museum which tells the story of how Northern Ireland was affected by and contributed to the Second World War. The museum has an expanding collection and offers a range of family events and workshops for schools and community groups.

The vision of the museum is to enrich people’s understanding of the contribution of the people of Northern Ireland in two world wars and the presence of US Armed Forces in Northern Ireland during the Second World War 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.

As a charity the NIWM is financially independent and is not reliant on external funding.

The NIWM is an equal opportunities employer.

The Role- Learning Facilitator

This permanent, part time position is suited to an individual who is seeking to advance their career in museum learning and gain hands-on experience in a thriving and supportive workplace. As part of a highly motivated team it is important that the successful applicant has a passion for museum learning and embraces working in a positive, respectful and team-focused environment.

Reporting to the Museum Manager, the primary role of the Learning Facilitator is to deliver primary school workshops in the museum, and off-site, in line with the Job Description and the current Business Plan.

This is a permanent, part time post of 20 hours a week worked over 5 days (9.30am-1.30pm). In line with our Flexible Working Policy the NIWM will agree a working pattern which is suitable for both the business and the successful applicant. Reasonable overtime may be expected. Holidays are 25 working days per annum with 14 additional statutory days (pro-rata). All other terms and conditions are available on request.

How to apply

Please download the Application for Employment, Learning Facilitator Job Description and employee specification, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and the NIWM Privacy Policy.

Please return a completed Application for Employment and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form by 4pm on 31st January 2020.

If submitting by email, please send both documents in PDF format with CONFIDENTIAL APPLICATION in the subject header to info@niwarmemorial.org

You will receive an email confirming receipt of the application.

If submitting by hard copy, please post both documents to:

The Monitoring Officer

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street

Belfast

BT1 2LD

CV’s will not be accepted.

If you require further details about this post please call 028 9032 0392 extension 1 or email manager@niwarmemorial.org

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 17th February 2020.

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Object of the Month – December 2019

Object of the Month – December 2019

No prizes for anyone who guessed that Object of the Month for December would have a festive theme!

Below are Christmas cards depicting Langford Lodge in Co. Antrim (NIWM:2017.2142.7 and NIWM:2017.2142.8)

Langford Lodge was the largest United States Army Air Force airfield to be developed in Northern Ireland. Uniquely, it was operated by the civilian Lockheed Overseas Corporation (LOC) on behalf of the Eighth Air Force Service Command until May 1944.

Around 4,000 American civilians were employed and lived at the base and an equal number of locals were employed as clerks, labourers and drivers etc and they commuted to the base daily. Some even came from as far away as Dungannon!

The base was linked to the main railway line at Crumlin by a purpose built railway, it had its own hospital and the Americans even produced their own newspaper called ‘The Daily Magnet’. The Christmas 1943 edition (NIWM:2017.2142.2) is pictured below and features pictures of the Christmas party thrown for local children in 1942.

All the staff at the Northern Ireland War Memorial would like to wish all our followers a very merry Christmas and we look forward to sharing what 2020 brings with you all.

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Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will close for Christmas on Friday 20th December at 1pm and will reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020 at 10am.

We hope everyone has a lovely Christmas!

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NIWM Saturday Opening

NIWM Saturday Opening

The Northern Ireland War Memorial is continuing to open on the first Saturday of every month from 12pm – 4pm throughout 2020.

Want to learn about the Second World War in Northern Ireland?

Visit the Northern Ireland War Memorial to learn about Air Raid Precautions, Rationing, the Belfast Blitz and the build-up of US Forces in Northern Ireland. Listen to 1940’s music and play with wartime games and toys. Dress up in real wartime uniforms and helmets and take part in craft activities suitable for all ages.

NIWM will be open on the following dates from 12pm-4pm:

  • Saturday 4th January
  • Saturday 1st February
  • Saturday 7th March
  • Saturday 4th April
  • Saturday 2nd May
  • Saturday 6th June
  • Saturday 4th July
  • Saturday 1st August
  • Saturday 5th September
  • Saturday 3rd October
  • Saturday 7th November
  • Saturday 5th December

Free Admission

Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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Sing For Victory

Sing For Victory

Like many museums in Northern Ireland, NIWM has been working to become a Dementia Friendly Museum with support from Northern Ireland Museums Council and Alzheimers Society.

We offer various workshops which highlight objects from our collection and are engaging and informative for all. Every workshop is different as they are tailored to the needs and interests of a group, but they can include reminiscence, object handling, craft activities and singing.

We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering regular sing-along Fridays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm throughout 2020 on the selected dates listed below:

  • Friday 7th February
  • Friday 6th March
  • Friday 3rd April
  • Friday 1st May
  • Friday 4th September
  • Friday 2nd October
  • Friday 6th November
  • Friday 4th December

Booking is required – Please ring 028 9032 0392 or email info@niwarmemorial.org to secure your place or to find out more.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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The War and Me Oral History Project

At our festive reception this year we took a moment to thank long term friend and colleague of Northern Ireland War Memorial, Dr Susan Kelly. For over three years Susan has co-ordinated our oral history projects; Belfast Blitz 75 in 2016, US75 in 2017 and our ongoing project The War & Me. She has recorded over eighty interviews and in doing so has captured precious wartime memories of a fading generation, memories which otherwise would have been lost to the historians of tomorrow.

Dr Susan Kelly with NIWM Chairman Ian Wilson

These interviews are now transcribed and stored in our accredited museum collection. They are freely available to researchers, students and other members of the public interested in the many diverse stories of Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

We would like to again take this opportunity to thank Susan for all her diligent hard work over the past three years.

We also wish Good Luck to our colleague Michael Burns who will be managing the project as it continues.

If you or a friend or family member have wartime memories please do get in touch with us to organise an interview. We would love to add our story to our growing collection.

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The Festive Forties

The Festive Forties

Saturday 7th December 2019 – 10.30am to 4pm

Festive Fun was had at the Northern Ireland War Memorial on Saturday 7th December.

Visitors to the museum learned how people celebrated Christmas under the restraints of rationing while listening to some well-loved Christmas songs and sampling some ration recipe Christmas cake.

Wartime games and toys proved popular with younger visitors, with many cracking a secret Morse Code message. A great day was had by all. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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Object of the Month – November 2019

Object of the Month – November 2019

Egilsay Bell

This brass bell belonged to HMT Egilsay (T215), an Isles-class trawler commissioned during the Second World War for duties with the Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS).

Egilsay was built by Cooke, Welton and Gemmell Ltd, Beverley, Yorkshire and commissioned on 8th July 1942. She saw service in home coastal waters, as well as the Mediterranean where she was used for minesweeping duties and harbour defence. After the war the ship was sold to the Italian Navy.

The RNPS was also known as ‘Harry Tate’s Navy’ or ‘Churchills Pirates’, especially by the Royal Navy as the RNPS often used poorly armed, requisitioned trawlers. However, the men of the RNPS came to proudly adopt the nickname.

The bell has been loaned to the Northern Ireland War Memorial by the Black family, whose father, Jim Black (pictured), was one of the 50 crew onboard HMT Egilsay during the Second World War. Able Seaman Jim Black was from Douglas Bridge, Co. Tyrone and he served up until 1946 after enlisting in 1941. He also served onboard MMS 64 (J564), HMS Coldstreamer (T337) and HMT Hascosay (T390) during the Second World War.

To view the bell or any other item in our evergrowing collection please get in contact to arrange an appointment, either via direct message, email or phonecall.

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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The Festive Forties

The Festive Forties

Free Family Event

Saturday 7th December – 10.30am to 4pm

Join us at the Northern Ireland War Memorial for Festive Fun with wartime games and toys. Learn how people celebrated Christmas under the restraints of rationing and try your hand in our lucky dip or have a go at cracking a secret Christmas message.

  • Play with wartime games and toys
  • Listen to well-loved Christmas songs and singalong
  • Sample our ration recipe Christmas Cake – made with dried eggs
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