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Our museum collection contains thousands of fascinating and unique objects from artworks to uniforms and photographs to radios.

The main themes are the Belfast Blitz, the Allied presence and the Home front during the Second World War.

We care for, conserve and display these items so that we can continue to tell the story of Northern Ireland during the Second World War.


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Wartime Bomb Disposal
In the first of our blog posts, guest contributor, author Chris Ranstead writes on the dangers posed by unexploded bombs known as UXBs and the men of 27 Bomb Disposal Company that made them safe long after the Belfast Blitz in 1941. Find out more
Polish Squadrons in Northern Ireland Part 1: No. 315 (City of Deblin) Polish Fighter Squadron
Its common knowledge that No. 315 and No. 303 (Polish) Squadrons were based at RAF Ballyhalbert, County Down during the Second World War but what was their role here? Find out more
The Epic of the Empire Patrol
On 29 September 1945, the SS Empire Patrol caught fire shortly after leaving Port Said. On board were hundreds of Greek refugees who were returning home to Castellorizo. Within the NIWM collection is an eyewtness account from Ordinary Seaman Stanley Scott of their rescue by the escort carrier, HMS Trouncer. Find out more


Take a look at our Publications

The Northern Ireland War Memorial publish books about both the First and Second World War.

All of our publications are available to buy directly from the museum, through Colourpoint, on Amazon or by mail order by downloading the publication order form.

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Blitz Victims

In April and May 1941, Belfast was bombed four times by the Luftwaffe. Derry/Londonderry, Bangor and Newtownards were also bombed.

Find out more about those who lost their lives as a result of enemy action in April and May 1941.

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Oral History Collection

The museum is actively collecting stories about the Second World War in Northern Ireland.

Over one hundred interviews have been recorded and are freely available to researchers, students and members of the public interested in hearing first-hand accounts of Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

If you, a friend or family member have wartime memories please get in touch with us. We would love to add your story to our growing collection.

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