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Belfast Blitz Commemoration with Christ the King Primary School

On Monday 15th April NIWM commemorated the 78th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz with the Primary Four class from Christ the King Primary School, Drumaness. The class visited to take part in a workshop exploring Northern Ireland during the Second World War. They ended their visit by laying flowers on our Blitz Memorial to show they were thinking about the lives lost in Northern Ireland on 15th/16th April 1941.

Our Blitz Memorial was created by Carolyn Mulholland. The criss-cross of planks represent the destruction caused by war, while the sharp edges symbolise chaos. The figures in outline represent those who have been killed. They include an orphan and a mother who has lost her baby. The complete figures in black are the living people who have been left behind to bring order out of chaos.

Find out more about our schools programme http://www.niwarmemorial.org/education-outreach/

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First Saturday Opening

Thank you to everyone who came along for our first Saturday opening on Saturday 6th April 2019.

Visitors of all ages visited to learn about the role of Northern Ireland in the Second World War.

An evacuees suitcase and a weekly basket of rationed food interested children who had learnt about rationing and evacuation in their classrooms. Activities included making your own ration book or identity card and weighing out a 2 oz. ration of sweets to take home.

1940’s music played in the background while families played with wartime games and toys. Many also dressed up in real wartime uniforms and helmets to pose for a photograph.

The Northern Ireland War Memorial will continue to open on the first Saturday of every month from 12pm-4pm. We look forward to meeting more of you then!

The Northern Ireland War Memorial / 21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD.

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Object of the month – March 2019

Object of the Month – March 2019 (NIWM:2016.2129.01)

Minute Book of A.R.P. Post 457 (Cherryvalley)

This minute book records the meetings of A.R.P. Post 457 in Cherryvalley between December 1940 and November 1944.

In what turned out to be the month before the Belfast Blitz, life went on as normal for the Air Raid Wardens of Post 457 during March 1941. At the meeting on 5th March 1941, it was agreed that ‘those members addicted to tea drinking be required to deposit the sum of 2 pence in a box to be provided for that purpose’ and that it was ‘considered advisable to place in reserve a tin of biscuits for use in the event of a major incident’.

Thankfully, in the event of a real ‘major incident’ the wardens of Post 457 had more to rely on than a box of biscuits. It was reported at the meeting on 19th March 1941 that a number of stirrup hand pumps had been delivered. Additionally, over the month of March the Wardens attended numerous practical exercises and tests such as one at Fortwilliam Park with ‘G’ District and respirator tests at Strand Public Elementary School. These also included a firefighting demonstration of incendiary and oil bombs with the Auxiliary Fire Service at Kyles’ Field on the Gilnahirk Road.

Unbeknown to the wardens and residents of Cherryvalley, the tests, exercises and demonstrations of March 1941 would give way to the real thing in the following months of April and May. Approx. 1,000 people were killed as a result of the Belfast Blitz including 34 Air Raid Wardens who are commemorated on a plaque in Belfast City Hall. Luckily for the wardens and residents of Cherryvalley, they remained relatively unscathed compared to the rest of Belfast, most notably north Belfast.

Items such as the Minute book of A.R.P. Post 457 held by NIWM are viewable to researchers and the public by appointment.

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Saturday Opening

✨Exciting Announcement✨

The Northern Ireland War Memorial is excited to announce that it is starting to open on the first Saturday of every month from Saturday 6th April 2019, 12pm-4pm.

Visit us and learn all about Northern Ireland’s role in the Second World War. Listen to 1940’s music and play with wartime games and toys. Dress up in real wartime uniforms and helmets and take part in craft activities suitable for all ages.

Free Admission.

NIWM will be opened on the following dates from 12pm-4pm:

  • Saturday 6th April – First Saturday Opening
  • Saturday 4th May
  • Saturday 1st June
  • Saturday 6th July
  • Saturday 3rd August
  • Saturday 7th September
  • Saturday 5th October
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Saturday 7th December

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International Women’s Day 2019

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During the Second World War, at least 12,000 women from Northern Ireland volunteered and served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).

Today on International Women’s Day 2019 we are thinking about the ATS.

Women serving in the ATS were employed in operating the searchlights at the coastal defence sites at Grey Point and Magilligan. Others served in 3 (Ulster) Anti-Aircraft brigade. About half the ATS women served outside Northern Ireland.

On Easter Tuesday 1941, a bomb hit the ATS girl’s quarters in Victoria Barracks Belfast. ATS personnel had been billeted to Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, which was also hit.

The pictures attached show an ATS uniform which once belonged to Elizabeth Lunn who served in the ATS in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. (NIWM: 2018.2343.01 (Cap), NIWM: 2018.2343.02 (Jacket), NIWM: 2018. 2343.03 (skirt)).

A rail ticket was found in the pocket of Elizabeth’s ATS uniform. This rail ticket is for B.C.D.R (Bangor County Down Railway) Motor Service, Belfast to Kinnegar Halt and back or vice versa. (NIWM: 2018.2343.04).

We are interested in learning more about the various roles of women during the Second World War in Northern Ireland. If you or someone you know have any objects, photographs or stories from the war, we would love to hear from you.

Find out more about our ongoing Oral History Project and how you can get involved: http://www.niwarmemorial.org/gene…/war-oral-history-project/

 

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World Book Day 2019

World Book Day 2019

 

Stuck for a book to read this #WorldBookDay2019📚

We recommend you read Faraway Home by award winning author, Marilyn Taylor.

Based on true events, Faraway Home follows brother and sister Karl and Rosa Muller who escape the Nazi terror on their hometown of Vienna in 1938 on a Kindertransport to Northern Ireland. They get sent to Millisle Farm, Co. Down and must adapt to a very different life.

The book describes how worried they were about their parents at home and how they learned to navigate wartime Britain. It also describes how Karl felt his whole world had collapsed when Belfast was bombed in 1941. But with the help of friends Judy from Dublin and Peewee from Belfast, Karl learns that even in the worst conditions, friendships can grow.

Millisle provides Northern Ireland with a link to the Holocaust. Throughout the war, a refugee community whose families were falling victim to the Holocaust contributed significantly to Northern Ireland’s war effort. More information about Millisle can be read about on our website at: http://www.niwarmemorial.org/…/holocaust-memorial-day-2018…/

Friends of Down County Museum also have some fantastic resources about Millisle Farm and the novel Faraway Home on their website: http://www.downcountymuseum.com/…/The_Millisle_Farm_in_Co_D…

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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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