Primary Schools Programme
The Northern Ireland War Memorial offers free and engaging workshops for Primary School classes (Key Stages 1 &2) which support and enhance the NI Curriculum. Workshops focus on the home front in Northern Ireland during the Second World War and the Belfast Blitz.
Photographs and artefacts are used to allow the children to investigate the Home Front in Northern Ireland through a variety of hands-on learning activities.
Pupils are guided through an audio-visual presentation on the Home Front and the Belfast Blitz, which allows them to consider photographs, newspapers, oral accounts and real objects from the handling collection.
The class then visits the museum to explore the exhibition and complete a quiz which is varied to suit learning style..
Classes are then invited to try on some real wartime uniforms and can pose to get their photograph taken.
The children are then invited to look at the wartime rations for one person for one week and learn about the importance of the Dig for Victory campaign before looking at objects from an evacuees suitcase.
Schools are welcome to stay a little longer and make use of our Education Room as a space to eat packed lunches while listening to wartime music. Classes may then wish to finish their trip by playing a wartime board game.
All visits can be tailored to meet the needs of the class and you should notify the museum of any special requirements as alternative activities are available to meet special educational needs.
Workshops last between 2-3 hours with visits normally taking place between 10am – 12pm or 10am – 1.00pm. Class size is restricted to 30, with larger groups divided over several days.
The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
To assist school groups to visit the NIWM offers a travel grant of up to £100 per school.
To book a school visit please contact:
Tel: 028 90320392 Option 3
Secondary School Visits
Secondary school classes are welcome to book a guided tour of the museum which covers the Belfast Blitz in 1941, the American Presence 1942-44 and industry in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. A tour of the museum can be complemented with a short film screening of local Cine Film footage, an object handling session or a short walking tour of sites in the Cathedral Quarter which were affected by the Belfast Blitz.
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