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Object of the month – February 2019

Object of the month – February 2019

 

Blitz Survivors by John Sherlock

Did you know that NIWM holds a contemporary art collection? 

The half-life size bronze sculpture, Blitz Survivors by John Sherlock is on permanent display in the museum. It depicts a mother guiding her daughter through Belfast after it had been devastated in the Easter Tuesday Raid in April 1941. The woman is wearing the dress of a mill worker while the child is wearing a tea dress and clutching her teddy bear. A copy of the Northern Whig lies amongst the rubble on the cobbled street claiming that 200 people were feared dead. In truth, approximately 700 people lost their lives in what was the largest loss of life for a single raid on a British city outside of London.

Visit the museum to discover other hidden details of the sculpture and the other artworks on display that help tell the story of how NI was affected by the Second World War.

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Finance Manager Maternity Leave

Finance Manager Maternity Leave

 

NIWM Background

The Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM) is a limited company with charitable status. Its purposes are threefold: to provide an enduring memorial to the people of Northern Ireland who lost their lives in WW1 and WW2, 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 WW2.

The NIWM is an accredited museum, based in Talbot Street in Belfast and as a charity is financially independent and is not reliant on external funding.

The Role

We now have a vacancy for a Finance Manager to cover maternity leave of one year to commence at the end of May 2019. Reporting to the Board you will be accountable for all aspects of financial and administrative control of the charitable company in line with the job description and the current Business Plan.

As part of a small highly motivated team it is important that the successful applicant embraces working in a positive, respectful and team-focused environment. Our values are important to us and are evident in all our dealings; these are set out in the recruitment information pack.

The post is a 1-year fixed term contract for 20 hours a week, worked over 3-5 days. In line with our Flexible Working Policy we will agree a working pattern suitable for the business and the successful applicant. Reasonable overtime may be expected at times. Holidays are 25 working days p.a. with 14 additional statutory days. Remuneration will be dependent on the level of experience. All other terms and conditions are set out in the application pack.

How to apply

If you wish to apply or would like to find out more about this post please call 028 9032 0392 extension 5 or email us on finance@niwarmemorial.org.

Completed applications must be returned by 16.00 on Friday 22 March 2019, either by e-mail or delivered to the address below.

CV’s will not be accepted.

Interviews will take place in April 2019.

The NIWM is an equal opportunities employer.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

028 9032 0392

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Hey Little Hen – Playful Museums Event

Hey Little Hen – Playful Museums Event

Last Friday (15th February 2019) we had so much fun welcoming 45 children aged 3-4 from Belmont Playcare and Preschool into the museum as part of our Hey Little Hen Workshop, kindly granted by Playful Museums – NIMC.

With the wonderful help of Kelsey from Sqiggles and Giggles, the children went on a journey around the museum to find a safe place for Jeanie the Hen to lay her eggs as she was evacuated from the City.

‘The little Hen’s name was Jeanie

And what she loved to do best

Was find somewhere nice and warm

To make her very own nest’

 

Have a look at some of the pictures from the day below:

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Museum Closure – 15/02/19

The museum will be closed today from 10.30 – 11.30 and

1.30 – 2.30 for a Playful Museums event.

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Maisie and Ernest

Maisie and Ernest

While the American Servicemen based in Northern Ireland from 1942 where here to prepare for the invasion of North Africa and Europe, they had a huge social impact upon local people, not least amongst the local women.

Maisie Irene Black lived off the Beersbridge Rd, Belfast and Ernest Nickolette came from Lorain, Ohio, USA. On 25th March 1942, at a dance for the US servicemen held at Purdysburn Hospital, Maisie and Ernest met for the first time where they danced to songs by Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra. 🎼💃🏼

On 2nd March 1943, a year to the day after Ernest’s arrival in Belfast, he and Maisie wed at Dundonald Presbyterian Church. 👰🏻🤵🏻 Maisie and her family had even saved their ration coupons for many weeks beforehand so they could bake a wedding cake.🍰

At the end of the war, Maisie was one of approx. 1,800 women from Northern Ireland that moved to America to be with their husbands and become G.I. Brides. Maisie settled into her new life in Lorain, Ohio with the help and support of G.I. Brides from across the United Kingdom who had also fallen in love and married American soldiers.🌎💘

Maisie and Ernest raised two children who, after their first visit back to Northern Ireland in 1950 returned to the states with Irish accents!

Maisie and Ernest were happily married until Ernest’s passing in 1989. 💕

We would like to thank Marie Nickolette Tench for passing on the story of her mother and father.

If you or anyone else you know has a similar romantic story, or any other memories from the war, we would love to hear from you and have the story added to our collection through our War and Me Oral History Project. 🗣

More details on our Oral History Project can be found by following the link: …/war-oral-history-project/

 

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My Name Is Might Have Been – Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

This year NIWM commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with an exhibition of paintings by local artist Leslie Nicholl. The series of paintings entitled My Name Is Might Have Been were inspired by the story of Helen Lewis, a Holocaust survivor who settled in Belfast.

The artist inspired by Helen’s book, A Time to Speak, undertook to retrace her journey from Terezin concentration camp to Auschwitz in Poland during a bitterly cold and snowy January and February. Haunted by what he had seen, he later painted faces onto handkerchiefs. The paintings show the faces of people who experiences the Holocaust and have the names of various concentration and death camps printed on them using lead typeface.

The exhibition will be on display until Friday 29th March 2019.

Thank you to those who attended our exhibition launch on Wednesday 23rd January.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-47008859/holocaust-memorial-day-local-artist-paints-tribute

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Object of the Month – Jan 2019

Object of the Month – January 2019

My Name Is Might Have Been – Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

2019’s first object of the month is this series of 54 stunning oil paintings of Holocaust victims by local artist Leslie Nicholl.

Entitled My Name Is Might Have Been, the paintings show the faces of those who experienced the Holocaust and have the names of various concentration and death camps printed on them using lead typeface. 

The artist, inspired by the story of Helen Lewis, a Holocaust survivor who settled in Belfast, undertook to retrace her journey from Terezin Concentration Camp on the outskirts of Prague to Auschwitz in Poland. Haunted by what he had seen, he later painted faces onto handkerchiefs.

The paintings will be on display at NIWM until 29th March for those wishing to view the series.

In addition, on Wednesday 23rd January 2019, Leslie will be providing an artist’s talk about the paintings and how he was inspired to make them. This will be complemented by readings from Helen Lewis’s book A Time To Speak by international recitalist Frances Mulley.

Places are limited to attend this event, so if you wish to attend please RSVP by contacting info@niwarmemorial.org

https://www.hmd.org.uk/activity/my-name-is-might-have-been/

 

 

 

 

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Wartime Carrot Cake Recipe

Wartime Carrot Cake Recipe

In recognition of #TinCanDay we thought we would share another wartime recipe with you that uses an ingredient stored in a tin can.🥫 Dried eggs first became available in 1942 to supplement the short supply of fresh eggs.🥚

Coming from America, dried eggs came over in tins or packets with each packet containing the equivalent of a dozen fresh eggs.

We would love to hear how you get on if you do end up baking with this recipe. 🍰Remember 1 tsp of dried eggs is the equivalent of 1 fresh egg. Tag us in a picture on any of our Social Media Channels using the hashtag #niwarmemorial. 🎄❄️

Facebook: @NIWarMemorialMuseum / Twitter: @NIWarMemorial

Instagram: @niwarmemorial / Pinterest:@NIWarMemorial

 

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Wartime Christmas Cake Recipe

Wartime Christmas Cake Recipe

If you have ever visited the museum around Christmas you may have been lucky enough to try out our Wartime Christmas cake made using a ration recipe from the Second World War.

We thought it would be fun to share the recipe with you.

We would love to hear how you got on if you do end up making it. Tag us in a picture on any of our Social Media Channels using the hashtag #niwarmemorial. 🎄❄️

Facebook: @NIWarMemorialMuseum / Twitter: @NIWarMemorial

Instagram: @niwarmemorial / Pinterest:@NIWarMemorial

#NIWM #wartimechristmascake #rationrecipe

 

 

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Object of the Month

Object of the Month – December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ series was illustrated by Cyril Bird under the alias ‘Fougasse’ who worked unpaid for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. The images depicted every day situations in which caricatures of leading Nazis such as Hitler, Goering and Goebbels eavesdropped on conversations for sensitive material and intelligence.

The “Careless Talk” Xmas Cards were sold without envelopes in order ‘to save paper and bring victory nearer”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had an extremely busy 2018 at NIWM and having taken inspiration from these Christmas cards in our collection (NIWM:2018.2161), we’ve decided this need not prevent us wishing all our visitors, friends and supporters a very happy Christmas!

We have plenty of exciting plans for the year ahead already and hope to see you all again in 2019!

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