New Gallery opening times

The Northern Ireland War memorial will be opening half an hour earlier for visitors from today. Visitors are now welcome to access the gallery Monday to Friday from 10.00am.

(Shown on the left is the Royal Air Force Sector Clock. This type of clock was used to record the position of both friendly and enemy aircraft during the Second World War. The position of the sighted aircraft was recorded with the colour of the triangle beneath the minute hand at the time of the sighting.

Royal Air Force Sector Clock

Royal Air Force Sector Clock

Posted in Blog, General | Comments Off

Events in Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus will host a number of events this weekend to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. 

First World War Centenary programme

Exhibition: The Antrim Artillery
Saturday 2 August – Saturday 4 October
An exhibition exploring the captivating history of the Antrim Artillery Militia and the people who served in it.

Talk: Carrickfergus and the Great War

Friday 1 August, 7.30pm
Join local historian Philip Orr as he explores the impact of the Great War on the coastal communities of Carrickfergus and Whitehead.

Workshop: Morse Code – Fast and Fun!

Saturday 2 August – 12 noon and 2pm
join storyteller Billy Teare to learn Morse code in a fun and creative atmosphere REALLY quickly. All ages welcome.

All events are free.

To book your place please contact:
Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre
T: 028 9335 8049

Events in Carrickfergus

Events in Carrickfergus

Posted in General | Comments Off

Cross of Sacrifice Memorial to World War fallen unveiled in Glasnevin.

President Michael D Higgins speaking at the unveiling at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin yesterday. The Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, also spoke at the event to commemorate Irish soldiers.

Unveiling at Glasnevin Cemetery

President Michael D Higgins speaking at the unveiling at Glasnevin Cemetery


(The Irish Times, 01.08.14)

Posted in Blog, Events, General | Comments Off
Gift box

G is for Princess Mary’s Gift Box

In October 1914, Princess Mary, the daughter of Britain’s King George V, launched a Christmas Fund to send gifts to all those fighting in Britain’s armed services. Most men received a brass box containing a pipe, tobacco, cigarettes and a lighter. But non-smokers were sent paper and envelopes in a writing case, while Indian troops received sweets and spices. Over 426,000 gifts were distributed at Christmas 1914 and thousands of the gift boxes survive to this day.

Princess Mary’s Gift Box

Princess Mary’s Gift Box

Posted in Object of the month | Comments Off

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

Posted in General | Comments Off

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


Posted in General | Comments Off

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.

Posted in General | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Blog, Events, General | Comments Off

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.


Posted in Blog, Events, General | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Blog, Events, General | Comments Off