Welcoming visitors from all around the world, the museum is a ‘must see’ for anybody with an interest in Northern Ireland’s role in World War Two. The exhibition recalls the contribution of the Home Front, the Belfast blitz of 1941 and the presence of US forces from 1942 to 1944.
Objects, uniforms, photographs and oral histories tell the story of the Home Front with displays about the Ulster Home Guard, Civil Defense and the Women’s Voluntary Service in Northern Ireland.
A sreen names each of the 1100 men women and children who lost their lives in the Belfast blitz of 1941.
There are various original artworks on display; a stained glass memorial window by Stanley Murray Scott, a copper frieze commemorating the vital war industries in N.Ireland, an original portrait of James Magennis VC and a bronze sculpture by John Sherlock.
The Education Officer runs a comprehensive primary schools programme based on life in Northern Ireland during World War Two. Various hands-on learning activities are available and visits can be tailored to meet special needs and interests.
Children can expect a fact-filled session with a chance to hold an incendiary bomb, see a baby’s gas mask close up, inspect the weekly food rations, and try on some real wartime uniforms.
Visits can be arranged with the Education Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
All community groups, professional bodies, ex-Service organisations, secondary schools and other further and higher education groups are invited to book tour of the gallery by arrangement with the Education Officer: email@example.com
The museum contributes to a variety of National and Local Cultural events and festivals, staging themed wartime weekend and evening events. Please check niwarmemorial.org for details.
The museum collection can be accessed by members of the public by arrangement with the Curator: firstname.lastname@example.org