The NIWM gallery will close at the earlier time of 4.00 pm today, Thursday 27 November. The gallery will reopen at the usual time of 10.00 am tomorrow morning. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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
Two figures representing loss and grief are presented in a striking window display that compiles 25,000 poppy petals
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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com or tel. 028 9032 0392 (option 4).
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
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
• Irish Genealogical Society
• the Somme Heritage Centre
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
tel: 028 9032 1707
The Gallery will be closed on Friday 10 October 2014 until 12.45. We apologise for this inconvenience and for any disappointment caused.
Northern Ireland War Memorial
10 October 2014
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!
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 ?
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!
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