Object of the Month – August 2019

Object of the Month – August 2019

Wartime utility lighter that belonged to Captain Richard Pim

Our object of the month for August is a wartime utility lighter (NIWM:2011.700) that belonged to Captain Richard Pim.

After the declaration of war in September 1939, Pim, who had served with the Ulster Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) on-board HMS Caroline, asked to be released from his role as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Lord Craigavon and made his way to the Admiralty in London.

He was directed to establish a map room for the new First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill.

In 2014, the Northern Ireland War Memorial published ‘Pim and Churchill’s Map Room’ which details Pim’s experiences as he worked for Churchill and accompanied him on his travels around the world, bringing the map room with him.

Pim and Churchill’s Map Room

For more information about Richard Pim or the other books we have published, visit the publications page on our website: www.niwarmemorial.org/publications/.

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