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Easter Closing

We are closed Friday 29th March, Monday the 1st of April and Tuesday 2nd April. The gallery will reopen on Wednesday the third of April at 10.30 am.

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Gallery Closed

The gallery will be closed on Monday 18th March 2013.

The gallery will  re open on Tuesday 19th March at 10.30.

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75th anniversary of the launch of HMS Belfast

The 75th anniversary of the launch of HMS Belfast was marked by a ceremony in the War Memorial Gallery on March 17. The cruiser was launched at Harland and Wolff on St Patricks Day 1938 by Mrs Chamberlain, the wife of the Prime Minister.

Present for the occasion were 24 members of the HMS Belfast Association from London. Welcoming the the visitors, the Chairman of the War Memorial, Lieutenant Colonel C T Hogg, said: “HMS Belfast was the first Royal Navy ship to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland. Her record of service to the nation is one of which the people of Northern Ireland are justly proud.”

The Chairman of the HMS Belfast Association, Mr Fred Wooding, laid a wreath on the war memorial in memory of the sailors who died while serving with the ship.

Presenting a ship’s plaque to mark the occasion, Mr Wooding said: “HMS Belfast has strong connections with Belfast, having been built at Harland and Wolff and adopting the city’s motto Pro Tanto Quid, Retribuamus.

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Ship’s bell from HMS Egilsay in War Memorial Gallery

B is for Bell

Ship’s bell from HMS Egilsay in War Memorial Gallery

An original ship’s bell is the latest addition to the collection at the War Memorial Gallery.  The bell belonged to HMS Egilsay, one of 118 Isles-class naval trawlers commissioned during the Second World War for minesweeping duties with the Royal Naval Patrol Service.  The ships took their names from islands in the Western Isles of Scotland.

HMS Egilsay was built at Hull and launched in 1942.  The trawler was used for minesweeping duties and harbour defence in the Mediterranean.  The vessel was sold to Italy in 1946 and scrapped on being decommissioned.

The bell has been loaned to the gallery by the Black family, whose father, Jim Black, served on the ship during WW2.  It is now on permanent display.

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See what our new Education Officer Jenny has been up to …

Northern Ireland War Memorial is working in partnership with the Belfast Education and Library Board Parent Support Programme to offer parent and child workshops in February, March and April 2013.

Participating groups visit our Home Front exhibition, inspect the weekly food rations and try on some World War II uniforms to learn about life in Northern Ireland during World War II.

Parent and child work together to learn how to make a wartime woollen rug with scraps of wool, taking a break to play some wartime board games in a fun and enjoyable session for both parent and child.

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ARP helmet

A is for ARP

The government set up a national ARP organisation, encouraging ordinary members of the public to volunteer. ARP stood for Air Raid Precautions. Men and women were encouraged to become Air Raid Wardens, members of the Auxiliary Fire Service and the Civil Defence Nursing Service, Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance.

There were around 1.4 million ARP wardens in Britain during World War 2, mostly unpaid with day time jobs. Their uniform consisted of overalls, an armlet and a steel helmet with ARP or A written across the helmet .It was a an extremely important job and some were awarded the George Cross.

Air Raid Wardens were allocated blocks of streets. Their tasks were to direct people into the shelters when the air raid warning sounded, making sure that no outside lights were showing and rescuing people trapped in collapsed buildings. Thirty four wardens, both men and women were killed in the Belfast raids.

The ARP helmet that we have selected as our object of the month for February 2013 was worn during the Belfast Blitz. It will be on display later in March at the Northern Ireland War Memorial in a small temporary display in the gallery of our Recent Acquisitions.

Photo: courtesy of Bryan Ruledge.

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NIWM re-opens in New Year

The NIWM Gallery and Office re-opened on Tuesday 1st January 2013 and is now operating as normal. We look forward to welcoming new and return visitors throughout 2013.

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NIWM Gallery Christmas closure

The NIWM Gallery and Office will be closed on the following dates over the Christmas period

Monday 24th December – Tuesday 1st January 2013

The Gallery and office will re open at 10.30 on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 10.00
We thank all our visitors for their support over this busy year, and we look forward to welcoming you again in 2013.
Should you have any enquiries please send then to info@niwarmemorial.org and they will be dealt with on our return

Thank you and good wishes from us all for Christmas and the New Year

Curator

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NIWM Job Vacancies

The following vacancies have now been filled.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial is currently inviting applications for two job vacancies.

Part time Education Officer – Northern Ireland War Memorial, Belfast

Purpose of post:  The post-holder will be responsible for:
o        Developing the education programme aimed at P4-P7 (Key Stage 2)
o        Developing and marketing outreach programmes
o        Supporting marketing initiatives to raise the profile of the NIWM.

Hours:  100 hours per month
Rate of pay:  £1200 per month, rising by £100 increments to £1500 per month after 3 years

Download an application form

The closing date is Tuesday 4 December at 4pm.

 

Part time Museum Administrator – Northern Ireland War Memorial, Belfast

Purpose of post:  The post-holder will be responsible for:
o        Managing the office
o        Managing the website and all IT/AV equipment
o        Supporting the Curator in managing the archive.

Hours:  10 hours per week
Rate of pay:  £9.38 per hour

Download an application form

The closing date is Tuesday 4 December at 4pm.

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Remembrance

Remembrance 2012


Image by Nick Coombs – freedigitalphotos.net

Armistice day has been marked by ceremonies at war memorials throughout the country on 11th November since 1919.

A wreath will be laid at the Northern Ireland War Memorial in the gallery on Friday 9th November.

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