Object of the Month – July 2019

Object of the Month – July 2019

Following an observation that many Civil Defence posts and stations were decorated with drawings and paintings, the Ministry of Public Security announced in late 1942 that an exhibition of arts and crafts, produced by Civil Defence members, was to be held in the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery (now the Ulster Museum, Belfast). The Northern Ireland Civil Defence Exhibition of Arts and Crafts was then held annually, each spring, in the same venue until the end of the Second World War.

Our object of the month for July 2019 is a watercolour painting by Air Raid Warden, James D McCord who was stationed on the Cavehill Road. The Northern Ireland War Memorial holds other works by McCord, including a comic sketch of a Belfast ARP training exercise that is currently on display in our temporary display cases.

Although the area is much changed, can anyone guess what road in Belfast the watercolour depicts?

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