In 1943 an appeal for a War Memorial Building to highlight Northern Ireland's role in the Second World War was launched. The Northern Irish government agreed to match money raised from the public up to £100,000. Fundraising was organised from three converted tramcars on Blitzed Square, an area of High Street which had been destroyed during the air raids of 1941. Another area of blitzed ground on Waring Street was gifted as a site by Belfast Corporation.

The Council of the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM) was set up as a charitable company in 1950 to co-ordinate the fundraising campaign and later to manage the building. Read our Charitable Objectives here.

It was not until the late 1950s that enough money was raised. The proposed building became the subject of a design competition which was won by architect J Michael Bowley in 1957. Memorial House was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in October 1963. In 2008 the War Memorial moved to Talbot Street and in 2013 became an Accredited Museum.

The Board of Trustees

The Board meets regularly to comply with statutory requirements and to fulfil governance responsibilities. A Finance Committee and Museum Committee deal with the ongoing affairs of the charity.

The Board adopts an annual Business Plan, which is delivered by the management team. NIWM complies with its obligations under company law and charity law. An annual financial statement as at 31 January is filed with the Registrar of Companies. The charity is self-funding and is not dependent on external sources of finance.


I Wilson (Chairman)

B E Barton

A J Crowther

C Champion

P Shaw

R Doherty

C T Hogg

C Dixon

D Bigger

J Guthrie


J M Steele


Small Grants Application

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Accommodation for Ex-Service Charities

In line with our mission, the building houses the offices of the SSAFA, RAFA, Combat Stress and Help For Heroes.

The Board Room and Conference Room on the second floor are available foruse by all ex-service bodies as a charitable output.

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