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Museum Closure, Friday 29th September

Please note that the museum will close today from 11.00 am as we are hosting a conference on the wartime American presence in in Northern Ireland.

fffWe will reopen as normal on Monday at 10.00 am.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Museum

Join us this morning, Friday 29th September, for our annual Macmillan coffee morning. We will be in the gallery until 11.00 am, pop in to sample some homemade treats for a good cause!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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May Day closure

We are closed for the May Day Bank Holiday and will re-open on Tuesday 02 May. View our events diary to see what events are upcoming in May.

We are closed for the May Day Bank Holiday

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St Patrick’s Day closure

The museum will be closed on Friday 17th March for St Patrick’s Day but to mark to the occasion here is a little shamrock from our archives…

This is a birthday card given to Corporal Grace Atkinson, Auxiliary Territorial Service, as she celebrated her 21st birthday while stationed in Europe during the Second World War.

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Coming Up, February 2017…

  • Northern Ireland Museum Council and Playful Museums Launch the exciting programme for under 5s on Friday the 3rd of February.
  • Playful Museums is coming to NIWM with ‘Hey Little Hen, Music and Storytelling’ in the gallery. Four sessions will run across two days on Monday the 6th and Friday the 10th of February. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Museum Manager, Jenny Haslett talks to British Forces Broadcasting Services Radio about the museum’s craft programme. Tune in live on Monday 6th February to hear the full interview.
  • The museum will hold its next craft day with a valentines theme, ‘Cross My Heart Crochet’, on Saturday the 11th of February.

Hey little hen poster Squiggles & Giggles Cross My Heart Crochet

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US 75

This month marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival of American troops in Northern Ireland. To celebrate the anniversary and remember the importance of the event for Northern Ireland and the war effort, the museum held a private reception at Belfast Harbour Office on Thursday 26th January. The event was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Borough of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle, Belfast’s Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Acting U.S. Consul General Bernadette Roberts and invited guests. Music provided by Ulster Brass was woven into a programme of speakers who relayed the history of the American presence in Northern Ireland and the collection of items held by the museum that tell the story of their time here.

On Saturday the 28th the 75th anniversary was further marked with an upbeat family day at the museum which was enjoyed by 250 visitors. Live dancing was performed throughout the afternoon by the Ballroom Blitz Formation dance group, U.S. kit and collections were displayed by wartime living history experts and children were presented with their weekly ration of American candy and Coca-Cola.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day was marked this year in the museum with a display of paintings by local artist Leslie Nicholl. A small selection of these paintings were chosen from a larger collection and relate specifically to the Holocaust. They will be on display in the gallery for two weeks. The museum continues to commemorate the Holocaust this month by holding special activities for primary school children in the gallery and using tangible local links to the Holocaust by telling the story of the Millisle Farm in County Down and the Jewish refugees who stayed there

Activities at the museum to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 were featured on a news broadcast by NVTV – view the news coverage.

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January Craft Day

Craft-enthusiasts along with a youth group from the charity Brain Injury Matters, were fashioning pom-pom accessories in the museum. Wartime black-out restrictions led to the government actively encouraging the use of colourful accessories to be used on clothes to help people be seen in the dark and of course these were quite often hand crafted pieces from reused and recycled materials.

January Craft Day January Craft Day

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