But please bring us your memories of the Belfast Blitz.
16–23 November 2015
Throughout 2016 the Northern Ireland War Memorial will be commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz. The population of Belfast was both physically and psychologically unprepared for the ferocity of the Blitz. There were four raids on Belfast between 7th April and 5th May 1941, with lesser attacks on Londonderry, Bangor and Newtownards.
The first raid on 7/8 April 1941 by eight bombers destroyed the aircraft fuselage factory and damaged the docks. The second raid on Easter Tuesday 15/16 April 1941 by 180 bombers lasted five hours. 673 bombs and 29,000 incendiaries fell mainly on residential areas in the docklands.
The third raid on 4/5 May 1941 by 204 bombers lasted three hours. Some 237 tons of high explosive and 96,000 incendiaries fell on the city and the docks.
Belfast was not prepared for these attacks. There were insufficient anti-aircraft guns and shelters. The results were devastating. One thousand people died and half the housing stock was damaged.
Through a series of gallery events, education and outreach activities we wish to learn more about this catastrophic event, and how it affected the lives of the people of Belfast. We would like to hear your stories, or those you may have heard from your parents, grandparents or relatives. Through times of separation, hardship and loss stories are emerging that have both shocked and surprised us.
This will help the Northern Ireland War Memorial to develop a collection of memories that in turn will enable us to continue to illustrate the story that we tell here. Your story, or a story that you may have heard is very important to us, no matter how small.
To start off this project we welcome you to the gallery to come and share your stories, you might even have some photographs or some objects. We are a small museum that tells a huge story, and you could be part of this story.
No appointment is necessary and the Curator and team will be available to talk to you, but what is more important is that we want to listen to you. If you are unable to visit us we can make arrangements to visit you at a later date.
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Memories of the Belfast Blitz