Thursday 13th August 10.30-4pm
No booking necessary
The Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum is reviving the spirit of WW2, the Blitz, the Blackout and rationing with a special 1940’s style Craft Open Day on Thursday 13th August.
The Open Day, organised as part of August Craft Month, will launch a series of ‘Make Do and Mend’ workshops taking place in the gallery throughout 2015 and 2016.
It comes just two days before the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, which marked the end of the war against Japan.
The event has been organised by the museum’s Education Officer Jenny Haslett, who will be dressing up in vintage clothing, demonstrating needlework and playing music to give the day an authentic feel of those austere wartime years.
During the war, the government had to reduce the production of civilian clothes to prioritise the making of ammunition, parachutes and uniforms. Clothing rationing was announced on June 1, 1941 and shoppers had to present coupons to buy clothing, fabric, footwear etc. until rationing ended in 1949.
The Make Do and Mend campaign was launched to encourage people to make their clothes last longer. The ability to repair, darn and make your own clothes became increasingly important.
Come along to our Craft Open Day to see what you can make in the War Memorial gallery as we launch our 2015/2016 Craft Calendar, re-introducing the public to the wartime skills their grandparents and great grandparents possessed as second nature.
Download our Craft Days Calendar to see what we are making .
The NI War Memorial Museum monthly workshops run from October 2015 to June 2016 and will teach people to make everything from their own woollen rugs, hats, children’s toys, a poppy brooch for Armistice Day, and a recycled paper gift box for Christmas.
Workshops run from October 2015 to June 2016.
Spaces are limited and booking is necessary.
For more information, and to download our Craft Calendar, go to www.niwarmemorial.org/education-outreach