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Ladies gas mask

L is for Ladies Gas Mask

A new addition to the Collection of the Northern Ireland War Memorial is this ladies gas mask bag pictured above. The bag with gas mask enclosed was gifted to the museum along with a large piece of shrapnel that was salvaged after the Blitz on Belfast in 1941.

For more information on wartime gas mask bags, and wartime fashion more generally, visit the website for the Imperial War Museums at http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-clothes-rationing-affected-fashion-in-the-second-world-war

A recent exhibition at Imperial War Museum London ‘Fashion on the Ration’ told how the war changed what people wore both at work and at home. ‘By the outbreak of war in September 1939, over 40 million respirators had been distributed in Britain as a result of the potential threat of gas warfare. Although not compulsory, people were advised to carry their gas masks with them at all times. Usually they were issued in a cardboard box with a string threaded through so it could be carried over the shoulder. Retailers were quick to spot a gap in the market for a more attractive solution.’*

Laura Clouting and Amanda Mason, ‘How Clothes Rationing Affected Fashion In The Second World War’, http://www.iwm.org.uk/

 

 

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Blitz-Themed Family Open Day

When:  16 April 2016, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Where:  Gallery of the Northern Ireland War Memorial

What: A family open day at the museum where activities will have a Blitz theme.

Blitz 75 badge

Blitz 75 badge

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Special Event to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz

When: 15 April 2016, 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Where: Gallery of the Northern Ireland War Memorial

What: This will be a commemorative event to which all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Belfast Blitz 75

Belfast Blitz 75

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Museum Easter Closure

The War Memorial Museum will be closed over the Easter holidays from Friday 25 March. The gallery will reopen to the public at 10.00 am on Wednesday 30 March.

Easter carrot

Still from British Pathé: ‘In my day all we got for Easter was a carrot on a stick.’

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Craft Day: Make do and hat

Saturday 12th March

For  the women of the 1940s, hats were a source of fashion, solace and a morale booster.

Hats and caps could be bought without coupons, and because the materials used most hats were not on the rationing list, milliners continued to create adorning head pieces. A new, bold and fanciful hat allowed a woman to reinvent her look in that same old dress.

Make your very own Easter hat decoration with fragments from our rag-bag.

The class is free and all materials will be provided on the day, however advanced booking is required as spaces are limited. If would like to come along please email Jenny Haslett at education@niwarmemorial.org or alternatively you can call us on 028 9032 0392.

http://www.niwarmemorial.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Craftpress.pdf

Make Do and Hat

Make Do and Hat

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Craft Day: If you can knit you can do your bit

As part of our craft programme at the Northern Ireland War Memorial, on Saturday the 13th of February we will be hosting a beginner’s knitting workshop. This class ‘If You Can Knit – You Can Do Your Bit’ will teach you how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off as you make a simple bow tie.

The class is free and all materials will be provided on the day, however advanced booking is required as spaces are limited. If would like to come along please email Jenny Haslett at education@niwarmemorial.org or alternatively you can call us on 028 9032 0392.

http://www.niwarmemorial.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Craftpress.pdf

If You Can Knit

If You Can Knit

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International Holocaust Memorial Day

In the gallery on Wednesday 27th January 2016, 55 People attended an event to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Joined by distinguished guests including, Rabbi David Singer, Deputy Lord Mayor, Mr Guy Spence, Writer Jane Coyle and Shirley Lennon, Regional representative for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. We were also extremely fortunate to be joined by Ruth Kohner, who had lived at the farm at Millisle with her parents, and recalled vivid memories of her early years.

There was a minute’s silence and Rabbi David Singer presented Chairman Mr Ian Wilson with a copy of the Belfast Jewish Community Roll of Honour.

A small display will remain in the gallery until Friday 5 February 2016.

Tears flow as world remembers the Holocaus

Tears flow as world remembers the Holocaust

Tears as victims of the Holocaust remembered

Tears as victims of the Holocaust remembered

 

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Job Vacancy – Museum Attendant

The NIWM is a registered Charity and a small accredited independent museum. Its main focus is on Northern Ireland’s contribution to the two World Wars with an emphasis on the Home Front providing an Education & Outreach programme for everyone.

The NIWM wishes to appoint a Museum Attendant to guide visitors around the gallery, assist with their enquiries and carry-out other duties in line with the job description for the post and the current Business Plan.

The person appointed will join a small team which reports to the Curator Manager.

The post involves attendance of 12 hours a week, to be worked over three afternoons per week. Flexible working patterns and overtime will be expected.

Remuneration and terms of contract are available on request.

For the job description, the detailed criteria and application form, email info@niwarmemorial.org

Applications must be returned by 16.00 on Friday 12 February 2016.

The NIWM is an equal opportunities employer.

Download the Job Advertisement in PDF format.

 

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International Holocaust Memorial Day

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will hold an event to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27th January 2016.

Don't Stand By

Don’t Stand By

The Chairman and Trustees of the Northern Ireland War Memorial have the pleasure in inviting you to

An event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

at the Northern Ireland War memorial Gallery, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast

on Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 12.30pm

RSVP Kerry McIvor at info@niwarmemorial.org or by telephone on +44 (0)28 9032 0392 – Option 4

Open to the Public.

Refreshments will  be provided.

 

Invitation

Invitation

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‘The Suitcase’ by Jane Coyle

Date: 25 Jan 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall

The Suitcase by Jane Coyle is a production that will take place this month to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

The storyline moves between modern day Belfast and 1930s Vienna. At its centre is the discovery of a suitcase in the house of the late Leo Edelmann, a Holocaust survivor from Berlin, who settled and raised a family in Belfast. By chance, Leo’s daughter and granddaughter uncover the battered case in which he had carried home his few meagre possessions after he was liberated from Terezin concentration camp. It is marked with an unfamiliar name and address – Galina Stein, Vienna.

Who is this woman? How did her suitcase find its way into their home? Why is Leo’s granddaughter also called Galina? This intriguing family drama invokes hope, resilience and questions of identity in allowing a dark, painful past to be brought into the light through little sparks of human kindness.

The outstanding professional cast comprises Megan Armitage, Rosie Barry, Mary Moulds and Seán O’Hare, the latter three of whom appeared in the original Spring Lane/Chatterbox co-production at the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival. The post-show discussion will be facilitated by the Institute for Conflict Research, which was the production associate for its world premiere.

This event is now fully booked.

The Suitcase

The Suitcase

For more information, please visit:
http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-59790.aspx
http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/features/performing-arts/journey-suitcase

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