European Heritage Open Days

It’s all go here at the War Memorial as the final preparations are being put in place for this weekend’s European Heritage Open Days.  We’ll have members from the Wartime Living History Association showing us what life was like for the US GIs who were based here during the Second World War, they have a display of what a soldiers living quarters would have looked like and will be giving three talks on different themes related to the US Forces in Northern Ireland.

On top of that you’ll be able to buy very tasty US themed food from the Fabulous Food Factory, try your hand at making your own patriotic pin badges, watch the excellent Brian Desmond Hurst film A Letter from Ulster filmed in 1942 and on Sunday you’ll be able to hear some lunch time jazz from the Siobhann Petitt Jazz trio.

We’ll be open on both Saturday and Sunday (8th and 9th September) from 10am – 4.30pm.

Hope you can make it!

Here is the programme of events so you can see all the great things we’ve got going on…

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End of the summer!

The current Wish You Were Here exhibition is finishing at the end of this week so if you haven’t had a chance to look at it do pop in before the weekend.  You won’t have too long to wait for the next exhibition however which will be in situ for European Heritage Open Weekend which is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of September.  We’ll have more information on EHOD shortly!

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August Object of the Month

1940’s Swimsuit.

To coincide with our new display of summer items our August object of the month is this fabulous 1940s swimsuit.

Quite unlike todays swimsuits it has no modern material like added lycra but is made of a woollen material that would be quite heavy when wet!

It is part of the War Memorial’s summer display which looks at how people would have spent their holiday time during the war.  As well as swimming in lakes or outdoor pools in fetching swimsuits like the object of the month, people would have taken daytrips to places like Bangor and Donaghadee – although the beach would have been out of bounds!  They would also have gone on picnics and you can pick up a leaflet of wartime picnic food ideas in the gallery to try out on your next picnic outing!

The goverment ran schemes to encourage people to spend their holidays helping out on farms along side the farmers and Land Girls.  As part of the display you can watch Pathe News reels related to summer holidays and see one of the government adverts encouraging people to take a working holiday in the countryside.

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Late Night Opening

The exhibition will be open on Thursday 2nd August for Late Night Art from 7 – 9pm.  It will be very nearly the last chance to see the Forces Sweethearts exhibition as it is ending this weekend.  The new exhibition will be up at the start of next week.

Last admission on late night is 8.30pm

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Last Chance to see Forces Sweethearts exhibition!

Our Forces Sweethearts exhibition will be finishing on Friday 3rd August so you only have two weeks left to catch it before it goes!  The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10.30am – 4.30pm and is open for the Late Night Art opening on Thursday 2nd August.

There is jewellery and knitwear which belonged to Marilyn Monroe as well as items belonging to other stars such as Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bogart.  There is also a reel of British Pathe films showing Forces Sweethearts such as Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields entertaining the troops.

Due to vistor requests we will soon have the knitting pattern for the Marilyn Monroe jumpers available to download from the website, so you’ll be able to knit your very own starlet jumper!

The next temporary exhibition will be a Summer Holidays exhibition which will open the following week.  We’ll post more information about this exhibition closer to the time.

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European Heritage Open Days 2012

Make do and Mend – EHOD 2010

The War Memorial will be open again this year for the European Heritage Open Days, which are on the 8th and 9th of September 2012.  We are busy working away planning some great things to do over the weekend and will be able to reveal what’ll be happening in the gallery very soon. Why not take a look at our Facebook photo albums to see all the fun things we got up to last year – with our vintage beauty and dancing weekend as well as our Make do and Mend weekend in 2010

Learning to dance with the Bellehoppers at EHOD 2011 

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Pure dried eggs tin

Tin of Dried Eggs

Dried eggs first became available in 1942 to supplement the short supply of fresh eggs.  They came over from America in tins or packets – each packet containing the equivalent of a dozen fresh eggs.

From the Ministry of Food leaflet No. 11…

The Ministry of Food  package contains 12 eggs for 1/9d. or 1 ¾d. each.

This dried egg mixture is pure fresh egg with no additions, and nothing but the moisture taken away.  It is pure egg, spray dried.

Eggs are a very highly concentrated form of food.  They contain first-class body-building material.  They also help us to resist colds and other infection because of their high protective properties.

Eggs are easily digested, and for this reason are especially good for children and invalids.

Dried eggs are just as good as fresh eggs, and should be used in the same way.  They are very useful for main dishes.  Here are some recipes for a variety of appetising dishes in place of meat, fish or cheese and which are particularly suitable for dried egg.

1 level tablespoonful egg powder + 2 level tablespoonful water equals 1 egg

Mix the egg and water and allow to stand for about five minutes until the powder has absorbed the moisture.  Then work out any lumps with a wooden spoon, finally beating with a fork or a whisk.

After reconstituting the egg use at once.  Do not reconstitute more egg than necessary for immediate use.

Use in recipes exactly as fresh eggs, beating as usual before adding to other ingredients.

Keep the egg powder in a tin with a tight fitting lid, and store in a cool place.  Do not keep dried egg in a refrigerator.


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Late night opening


The exhibition will be open from 7pm – 9pm tonight – Thursday 7th June.  Last admission is 8.30pm, do call in and take a look at the Forces Sweethearts display

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Turquoise Knitted Sweater

Hand knitted sweater owned and worn by Marilyn Monroe.  Part of the Forces Sweathearts display currently on at the War Memorial Gallery.

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