HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 and played a leading role in the Battle of North Cape and the Normandy landings. Visitors can experience nine decks of living history on this huge and complex warship which provides a unique insight into naval history
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Although HMS Belfast is closed until the summer, as an IWM Member you can get free entry to Duxford Outdoors, which is o...
08/05/2021

Although HMS Belfast is closed until the summer, as an IWM Member you can get free entry to Duxford Outdoors, which is open now!

At Duxford Outdoors, you can explore the mile-long grounds of Imperial War Museum Duxford - Europe’s largest air museum and an airfield that played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history.

Members get free entry to IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast once the museums reopen. Plus, free access to Flying Days, 10% off Air Show tickets and much more!

Make the most of summer with an IWM membership: https://bit.ly/3o08wzF

Although HMS Belfast is closed until the summer, as an IWM Member you can get free entry to Duxford Outdoors, which is open now!

At Duxford Outdoors, you can explore the mile-long grounds of Imperial War Museum Duxford - Europe’s largest air museum and an airfield that played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history.

Members get free entry to IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast once the museums reopen. Plus, free access to Flying Days, 10% off Air Show tickets and much more!

Make the most of summer with an IWM membership: https://bit.ly/3o08wzF

#OnThisDay 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe - VE-Day. In Britain, Churchill ...
08/05/2021

#OnThisDay 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe - VE-Day.

In Britain, Churchill marked the occasion by declaring 8 May a public holiday. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.

These 10 photos show some of the celebrations that took place that day: bit.ly/3vMWgW3

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#OnThisDay 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe - VE-Day.

In Britain, Churchill marked the occasion by declaring 8 May a public holiday. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.

These 10 photos show some of the celebrations that took place that day: bit.ly/3vMWgW3

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07/05/2021

IWM is pleased to announce that the ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries will open at IWM London on 20 October 2021.

The ambitious project sees IWM become the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War and Holocaust Galleries under one roof.

These two adjoining sets of galleries will bring together unseen objects, untold stories and unheard voices to help visitors understand the most devastating conflict in human history and the genocide that became known as the Holocaust.

Find out more about the extensive new galleries on the IWM website: https://bit.ly/3h90qU8

06/05/2021

With the end of the Korean War, HMS Belfast’s future was uncertain. In 1955, the decision was taken to modernise her.

Between 1956 and 1959 HMS Belfast was rebuilt. She gained new anti-aircraft weapons, new masts and a new fully-enclosed bridge. New equipment was also fitted to protect the ship against nuclear, biological or chemical attack.

Once modernised she embarked on a whistle stop tour of the world’s greatest ports for her final tour of duty.

Find out more on our interactive timeline: https://bit.ly/3gw6d5J

Are you planning on taking a walk by HMS Belfast this bank holiday? We’re busy working inside to reopen in the summer.Fr...
03/05/2021

Are you planning on taking a walk by HMS Belfast this bank holiday? We’re busy working inside to reopen in the summer.

From D-Day to the Korean War, refurbished content and brand-new experiences will tell key stories from HMS Belfast’s 25-year service history, revealing the places the ship visited and the lives of the crew on board.

Here are the painters prepping HMS Belfast for a repaint.

Are you planning on taking a walk by HMS Belfast this bank holiday? We’re busy working inside to reopen in the summer.

From D-Day to the Korean War, refurbished content and brand-new experiences will tell key stories from HMS Belfast’s 25-year service history, revealing the places the ship visited and the lives of the crew on board.

Here are the painters prepping HMS Belfast for a repaint.

01/05/2021

Although HMS Belfast is closed until the summer, you can now visit Duxford Outdoors!

At Duxford Outdoors, you can explore the mile-long grounds of Imperial War Museum Duxford – Europe’s largest air museum, and another of our five museums. Discover the stories behind the historic site with our self-guided trail, get up close to the huge hangars, and uncover hidden gems you might miss during a regular museum visit.

IWM Duxford is in Cambridgeshire and accessible by car, train or bus with free parking onsite. Find out more: https://bit.ly/3goEJit

In line with government guidelines, the museum remains closed and only outdoor spaces are accessible.

Calling all families! We are looking for Photography and Film Volunteer Models to take part in photoshoots across our br...
29/04/2021

Calling all families! We are looking for Photography and Film Volunteer Models to take part in photoshoots across our branches.

This summer, HMS Belfast will reopen with refurbished content and brand-new experiences. In the autumn IWM will open new Second World War Galleries at IWM London. You’ll have the chance to feature on IWM’s website, social media, leaflets and may even be the first to experience these new exhibitions and events.

All family units are welcome to apply. No modelling or acting experience is necessary, just a passion for IWM’s subject and mission and a willingness to take part in photo/film shoots.

Find out more and apply here: https://bit.ly/3tHjRXA

27/04/2021

“I went for’rd to the fo’c’sle mess deck. I was standing at the bottom of a ladder when an explosion lifted me some feet in the air, jarring my teeth and chipping them. The lights went out and there was a deathly silence. I rushed up on deck to find many bewildered men milling around.”

George Woodley was a boy seaman on board HMS Belfast in 1939 when a magnetic mine exploded beneath the ship’s hull.

HMS Belfast headed for a practice shoot in the Firth of Forth on the morning of 21 November 1939, at 10:52, when there was a violent explosion. She had struck a magnetic mine – the damage to her hull was so severe that she was out of action for three years.

Find out more on our interactive timeline: https://bit.ly/3vhbouB

Scrolling Instagram or the news headlines during a work video call… come on, admit it we’ve all done it!Leading Aircraft...
22/04/2021

Scrolling Instagram or the news headlines during a work video call… come on, admit it we’ve all done it!

Leading Aircraftwoman Myra Murden worked down in the Cabinet War Rooms during the Second World War and was guilty of distraction at work too. She loved to draw and would often doodle between shorthand typing tasks. Until she was caught in the act, which led to a surprising outcome.

Sign up to our eNews to find out what happened to Myra. Subscribe by Wednesday 28 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Thursday 29 April: http://ow.ly/CJv750EviYQ

Scrolling Instagram or the news headlines during a work video call… come on, admit it we’ve all done it!

Leading Aircraftwoman Myra Murden worked down in the Cabinet War Rooms during the Second World War and was guilty of distraction at work too. She loved to draw and would often doodle between shorthand typing tasks. Until she was caught in the act, which led to a surprising outcome.

Sign up to our eNews to find out what happened to Myra. Subscribe by Wednesday 28 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Thursday 29 April: http://ow.ly/CJv750EviYQ

In April 1960, on a visit to Malta, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed watching an anti-submarine...
10/04/2021

In April 1960, on a visit to Malta, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed watching an anti-submarine exercise from the bridge of the frigate HMS Eastbourne.

Today we share a selection of photographs from our collections that show moments from the life of The Duke of Edinburgh:

http://bit.ly/3wLZHxx

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In April 1960, on a visit to Malta, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed watching an anti-submarine exercise from the bridge of the frigate HMS Eastbourne.

Today we share a selection of photographs from our collections that show moments from the life of The Duke of Edinburgh:

http://bit.ly/3wLZHxx

© IWM A 34293

Timeline Photos
09/04/2021

Timeline Photos

We at Imperial War Museums (IWM) were deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and would like to express our condolences to all his family.

IWM is hugely grateful to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for the generous support and interest that he has taken in IWM during his lifetime.

In November 1966 he accompanied HM The Queen as she opened the Cinema at IWM London and he has been a welcomed visitor on a number of occasions to our other sites.

Considering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s longstanding service in the Royal Navy, we were particularly honoured to welcome him to HMS Belfast in 2007 and again in 2010, when he attended the dedication of the ship’s new masts in a ceremony with veterans and officials from the Russian embassy and government.

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would s...
06/04/2021

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would see him again..."

No emails, no text messages, no social media posts. No contact or way of knowing.

In September 1915, Percy Morter left for France with the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving his wife, Kitty, at home in Manchester. Percy went on to fight in The Battle of the Somme.

Subscribe to our eNews to hear Kitty’s agonising story of being left behind to wonder and wait. Sign up by Monday 12 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Tuesday 13 April: http://ow.ly/xpNa50EhSiR

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“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would see him again..."

No emails, no text messages, no social media posts. No contact or way of knowing.

In September 1915, Percy Morter left for France with the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving his wife, Kitty, at home in Manchester. Percy went on to fight in The Battle of the Somme.

Subscribe to our eNews to hear Kitty’s agonising story of being left behind to wonder and wait. Sign up by Monday 12 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Tuesday 13 April: http://ow.ly/xpNa50EhSiR

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With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.If you have...
05/04/2021

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

If you haven’t got involved yet, you still can - join the conversation:

• Add your own photo and placard to the comments box
• Leave a comment about your favourite memory or what you miss most
• Tag your favourite museum
• Tag friends & family you miss going to museums with

Find out more: bit.ly/2PterAv

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

If you haven’t got involved yet, you still can - join the conversation:

• Add your own photo and placard to the comments box
• Leave a comment about your favourite memory or what you miss most
• Tag your favourite museum
• Tag friends & family you miss going to museums with

Find out more: bit.ly/2PterAv

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown. Have you been #Missi...
02/04/2021

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

Have you been #MissingMuseums?

This is Katy from Stansted and a former IWM employee. Since lockdown she has been missing “learning about the story of HMS Belfast and those who served on board...when I visit it reminds me of those happy times”.

We'd love to know what you’ve missed most about not being able to visit and enjoy museums during lockdown.

Join the conversation by adding your own photo or leave a comment - don't forget to tag the museum.

Find out more: bit.ly/39AvYxr

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

Have you been #MissingMuseums?

This is Katy from Stansted and a former IWM employee. Since lockdown she has been missing “learning about the story of HMS Belfast and those who served on board...when I visit it reminds me of those happy times”.

We'd love to know what you’ve missed most about not being able to visit and enjoy museums during lockdown.

Join the conversation by adding your own photo or leave a comment - don't forget to tag the museum.

Find out more: bit.ly/39AvYxr

The Suez Canal was in the news this week after the giant container ship Ever Given blocked this busy trade route.Did you...
29/03/2021

The Suez Canal was in the news this week after the giant container ship Ever Given blocked this busy trade route.

Did you know, this is not the first time this important link between Asia and Europe has been blocked.

In November 1956, the canal was closed to traffic for five months while the Royal Navy aided clearing a blockade of shipping, deliberately sunk by the Egyptian Government in a protest response for the nationalisation of the trade route water-way.

What became known as the Suez Crisis led to economic panic in Britain. You can read more about the conflict here: https://bit.ly/3rwPDEO

© IWM MH 23543

The Suez Canal was in the news this week after the giant container ship Ever Given blocked this busy trade route.

Did you know, this is not the first time this important link between Asia and Europe has been blocked.

In November 1956, the canal was closed to traffic for five months while the Royal Navy aided clearing a blockade of shipping, deliberately sunk by the Egyptian Government in a protest response for the nationalisation of the trade route water-way.

What became known as the Suez Crisis led to economic panic in Britain. You can read more about the conflict here: https://bit.ly/3rwPDEO

© IWM MH 23543

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob HopeOn 3 July 1943, ...
25/03/2021

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob Hope

On 3 July 1943, famous comedian Bob Hope and forces sweetheart singer Frances Langford visited RAF Duxford to entertain the US Air Force. But the tragedy that struck the 78th Fighter Group just two days prior made for a very sombre audience.

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 31 March to be sent the 78th Fighter Group’s story to your inbox on Thursday 1 April. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/V7xU50E8wTM

© IWM HU 57979

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob Hope

On 3 July 1943, famous comedian Bob Hope and forces sweetheart singer Frances Langford visited RAF Duxford to entertain the US Air Force. But the tragedy that struck the 78th Fighter Group just two days prior made for a very sombre audience.

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 31 March to be sent the 78th Fighter Group’s story to your inbox on Thursday 1 April. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/V7xU50E8wTM

© IWM HU 57979

HMS Belfast is flying a special birthday message from the mainmast today. The signals read: HMS BELFAST1938-202183 TODAY
17/03/2021

HMS Belfast is flying a special birthday message from the mainmast today. The signals read:

HMS BELFAST
1938-2021
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TODAY

A very happy birthday to HMS Belfast, launched 17 March, 1938 - St. Patrick's Day. At the time of her construction she w...
17/03/2021

A very happy birthday to HMS Belfast, launched 17 March, 1938 - St. Patrick's Day.

At the time of her construction she was the largest warship ever built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a mark of her importance, she was assigned yard number 1000, a number reserved especially for her. She was to be the first ship built for the Royal Navy to be named after the city of Belfast.

After 24 of active and distinguished service, HMS Belfast was preserved for future generations.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon, so you can explore the history of this famous warship and discover new stories from her past.

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Imagine this. Your vehicle is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The commander and gunner are incapacitated. Bullets are...
11/03/2021

Imagine this. Your vehicle is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The commander and gunner are incapacitated. Bullets are flying, but you need to drive with your hatch open to see. You drive over a mine that failed to explode. You are shot in the head but still manage to lead your fellow soldiers to safety.

This is what Johnson Gideon Beharry faced all in one day while serving in Iraq in 2004. Just one month later, Beharry found himself in a similar situation…

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 17 March to be sent Beharry’s full story on Thursday 18 March and read more about this living Victoria Cross recipient, just one of the over 250 stories featured in IWM London's Lord Ashcroft Gallery. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/63aD50DWpWM

The Arctic Convoy route to Russia via Iceland was one of the great naval battlegrounds of the Second World War. For thos...
25/02/2021

The Arctic Convoy route to Russia via Iceland was one of the great naval battlegrounds of the Second World War. For those onboard HMS Belfast, the weather was arguably a greater threat than the Germans. But for Ordnance Artificer, John Harrison, it ended up saving his life.

Want to know how? Subscribe to IWM’s eNews to read John’s story and more about HMS Belfast’s demanding Arctic Convoy work. The next email is out on Thursday. Sign up for free by Wednesday here: https://bit.ly/3q80HHF

Image: © IWM HU 8799

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05/02/2021

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The Queen's Walk
London
SE1 2JH

Mainline Railway - London Bridge Station. Underground - Northern Line (City Branch) or Jubilee Line to London Bridge; District and Circles Lines to Monument and Tower Hill Bus - Any bus to London Bridge

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Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
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Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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While looking through some old photos today came across this of my Dads, anybody recognise their Dads signature?
I came all the way from South Africa to visit the HMS Belfast :D It was absolutely an amazing experience and honor to be on deck of this ship... even bought myself the bell and HMS Belfast name plate as souvenirs :D Hope everyone enjoys the video :)
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I am the Chairman of Ilkeston Royal British legion and I am in contact with a 98yr old gentleman who served on HMS Belfast during the war. He is housebound so would love to hear from any shipmate who served on the Belfast at any time. If anyone would like to make a fellow shipmate happy private message, my and I will give you his phone number
Would the IWM consider the possibility of creating a display aboard HMS Belfast dedicated to telling the story of her lost sister ship, HMS Edinburgh?
As can be seen in these photos, this fine ship needs some tender loving care. Now, while we are in lock down, would be the best time to give her some. A complete clean of the hull would be very expensive. But, I am sure there are plenty of people who are on furlough who would be able and willing to volunteer to clean the hull where it is visible. It could be done using canoes, kayaks or rowing boats. With scrapers and brushes and plenty of elbow grease we could make this ship look pristine. Think of the satisfaction to be had from such a task. And those who served on her would be proud of us.
In my kitchen since 2016! Greetings from Germany 😍
When I was very young, only 12 years, I travelled outside my country for the first time in my life and visited London. I am not sure in 1976 Hms Belfast was already there but I remember very well the Greenwich Museums that impressed me so much. Your naval history is a wonderful heritage and You are rightly proud! Britannia rule the waves...may God bless You all!
The Hms Belfast is such a beautiful ship. I would like to visit sometime
HMS Belfast Thanks to Navy News
Doing time for stealing sweets from the naafi!