The Northern Ireland War Memorial will be closed on Monday 29 May for the Bank Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday 30 May at 10am.

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.


Do you have memories of the Second World War?

If you or someone you know would like to share their memories of Northern Ireland during the Second World War, please contact our Research Officer Michael by telephoning 075 8863 4847 or emailing for more information.

Your memories are incredibly important to us and will be added to our museum collection.

Over one hundred interviews have been recorded so far, and 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. Listen to some below:


Mollie Morgan
Mollie (b. 1925) talks about the American dances at the Plaza Ballroom on Chichester Street, Belfast.
Eileen Taylor
Eileen (b. 1934) talks about the Americans arriving in Coleraine.
Gerard Topping
Gerry (b. 1928) talks about when the Americans arrived in his hometown of Lurgan.
Walter McVeigh
Walter (b. 1925) tells some stories about the Americans stationed in Northern Ireland during the war.
Irene Millar
Irene (b. 1931) talks about her sister who met and married an American GI from Alabama.
David Honneyman
David (b. 1918) tells us about his interactions with American soldiers as well as some funny anecdotes he had heard at the time.
Sadie Lineker
Sadie (b. 1924) fondly remembers attending the Red Cross dances and trips they put on for American soldiers stationed in Belfast.
Tom Hanna
Tom (b. 1932) remembers the bombing of Pearl Harbour, America entering the war and some of the Americans his sister Winnie dated.
Arnie Creighton
Arnie (b. 1944) talks about his namesake Roscoe Taylor Arnold, an American GI known as ‘Tex’ who married Arnie’s cousin, Lily.
Nancy Doherty
Nancy (b. 1930) talks about two American soldiers her family were friendly with during the war.
Mabel Williams
Mabel (b. 1910) talks about an American stationed in Belfast who became friends with her brother and his fiancé.
Alec Murray
Alec (b. 1931) talks about Segregation amongst American troops, Eisenhower’s visit post-war & the American plane crash on Cave Hill.
Violet Sloan
Violet (b.1924) talks about the American dances at the Plaza Ballroom in Chichester Street Belfast as well as what sort of clothes and make up they would have worn.

Oral History Collection


Our Research Officer can also provide FREE talks based on the museum's growing Oral History collection.

Talks can be tailored to explore different wartime topics, locations, or themes specific to your group or society's area of interest.

Contact us for more information or to book

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