Built in 1963 as a reminder of how the province was affected by the Second World War, the War Memorial recently moved to a new home in the Cathedral Quarter and has lots of local war-connected memorabilia.
The Northern Ireland War Memorial museum was built in 2007 to replace an earlier building on Waring Street, built in 1963, and looks at the impact of World War II in Northern Ireland. On your visit you can learn about the 1941 Belfast Blitz, Ulster Home Guard and the presence of the American forces in the province during the War.
As well as historical information, you’ll find a number of artistic exhibits and interpretations of the War in Northern Ireland, including: a bronze sculpture by John Sherlock,a 1946 portrait by Robert Taylor Carson of James Magennis, who received the Victoria Cross and was the only man from Northern Ireland to do so. The ceramic installation “April showers bring forth May flowers” is a nod to the Blitz and to the strong presence of the linen industry in Belfast, showing ceramic bombs transforming into flax flowers. They’ve also kept some objects from the original War Memorial on Waring street, including a war memorial made of Belgian marble and an ornamental stained glass window.