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We are actively collecting stories about Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

We are actively collecting stories about Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION

Recordings are freely available to researchers, students and members of the public interested in hearing first-hand accounts of life in 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.

ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION

Maureen O'Kane
Maureen (b.1928) recalls the 'Big Blitz' and sheltering with her family in their home in Fitzroy Avenue.
Joan MacCabe
Joan (b.1938) combines memory and her story-telling ability to explain what the blitz was like for her as a child.
William Hanvey
William (b.1927) talks about his sibling's service and recounts his training as the youngest member of the 3rd Belfast Battalion of the Home Guard.
Maureen Lightbody
Maureen (b.1925) joined the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in 1943 and worked in the Signals Office at Orlock Head, Bangor.
Bill Eames
Bill (b.1923) recounts flying missions on the D-Day landings (June 1944) and the Battle of Arnhem (September 1944).
Roy Henderson
Roy (b.1918) lived in Sunningdale Park in North Belfast - with his house destroyed in the Easter raid.
Patricia McKeever
Patricia (b.1926) talks about dating a Belgian soldier as well as the VE Day dances in Belfast.
Patricia McKeever
Patricia (b.1926) recalls three nights Belfast suffered under German bombing.
Betty McIlwaine
Betty (b.1923) recounts her memories of the day the war started as well as her work with ENSA.
Harry Williamson
Harry (b.1933) remembers vividly the day the Americans came to Portglenone.
Edward (Teddy) Dixon
Born in New York (1920) and raised in Belfast, Teddy joined the American Army in 1944 before being sent to Europe.
Marion Kirkpatrick
Marion (b.1925) recalls the firefighting efforts on Hopeton Street and recounts her experience of being buried for over five hours.
Alec Murray
Listen as Alec (b.1931) relates his experiences of the Easter Tuesday Blitz 1941 and its aftermath in the Shankill area of Belfast.
William Guiney
William (b.1931) remembers walking into the Bog Meadows to escape the bombing.
Harriet Smyth
Harriet's (b.1926) confirmation was interrupted by the raid and they had to run to the shelters.
Clem Shaw
Clem (b.1921) was a member of the Home Guard and talks about how he helped out during the raids on Belfast.
Esther Fyffe
Listen as Esther (b.1932) relates her memories of the night her home was destroyed in the Easter Tuesday Blitz of 1941.
David Gooding
David (b.1929) talks about his father's role as Chief Air Raid Warden of Belfast as well as his own memories of the air raids.
Robert 'Bertie' Thompson
Robert (b.1935) recalls walking out of Belfast into the surrounding fields for safety.
BBP7 Anonymous
BBP7 (b.1921) recalls the night of the first raid on Belfast in the Shankill area.
Margaret Wilson
Listen as Margaret (b.1930) relates her childhood memories of being evacuated to Fermanagh from Belfast.

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 do get in touch with us, we would love to add your story to our growing collection.

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