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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HMS Belfast is the last surviving Second World War Royal Navy cruiser. In our exhibition ‘Serving the Seas’, explore her...
05/09/2021

HMS Belfast is the last surviving Second World War Royal Navy cruiser.

In our exhibition ‘Serving the Seas’, explore her rich and varied history, spanning over 80 years – from a shipyard in Northern Ireland to her permanent home as a national museum on the River Thames.

Listen to veterans recount memories of their time on board, discover HMS Belfast’s journey using an interactive timeline and browse archive footage to see the adventures that she embarked on as a world-touring warship.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3mxvuzg

HMS Belfast is the last surviving Second World War Royal Navy cruiser.

In our exhibition ‘Serving the Seas’, explore her rich and varied history, spanning over 80 years – from a shipyard in Northern Ireland to her permanent home as a national museum on the River Thames.

Listen to veterans recount memories of their time on board, discover HMS Belfast’s journey using an interactive timeline and browse archive footage to see the adventures that she embarked on as a world-touring warship.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3mxvuzg

Apart from some peacetime exercises, Belfast’s two final foreign commissions involved a whistle-stop tour of the world’s...
02/09/2021

Apart from some peacetime exercises, Belfast’s two final foreign commissions involved a whistle-stop tour of the world’s great ports – taking in Guam, Hawaii, San Francisco, Seattle, British Columbia, the Panama Canal and Trinidad.

On 19 June 1962, she reached Portsmouth for the last time, greeted by a waiting crowd of families and friends. A bugle sounded and files of crewmen on the upper deck were dismissed.

After almost half a million miles of travelling, HMS Belfast was home.

© IWM (A 34630): HMS Belfast leaving Singapore on the last journey of her career, April 1962.

Apart from some peacetime exercises, Belfast’s two final foreign commissions involved a whistle-stop tour of the world’s great ports – taking in Guam, Hawaii, San Francisco, Seattle, British Columbia, the Panama Canal and Trinidad.

On 19 June 1962, she reached Portsmouth for the last time, greeted by a waiting crowd of families and friends. A bugle sounded and files of crewmen on the upper deck were dismissed.

After almost half a million miles of travelling, HMS Belfast was home.

© IWM (A 34630): HMS Belfast leaving Singapore on the last journey of her career, April 1962.

This afternoon the ship's bell on HMS Belfast rang sixteen times to commemorate #Dervish80, marking the 80th anniversary...
31/08/2021

This afternoon the ship's bell on HMS Belfast rang sixteen times to commemorate #Dervish80, marking the 80th anniversary of the first Atlantic Convoy to arrive in Murmansk, Russia on this day 1941.

HMS Belfast joins others, including USS Slater, Battleship Texas Foundation, Canada's Naval Memorial - HMCS Sackville, HMCS Haida National Historic Site and Icebreaker "Krassin" in commemorating all those who served on the Arctic Convoys between 1941 and 1945.

Learn more about the Arctic Convoys and the role that HMS Belfast played in supplying the Soviet Union: https://bit.ly/3BjRjGW

This afternoon the ship's bell on HMS Belfast rang sixteen times to commemorate #Dervish80, marking the 80th anniversary of the first Atlantic Convoy to arrive in Murmansk, Russia on this day 1941.

HMS Belfast joins others, including USS Slater, Battleship Texas Foundation, Canada's Naval Memorial - HMCS Sackville, HMCS Haida National Historic Site and Icebreaker "Krassin" in commemorating all those who served on the Arctic Convoys between 1941 and 1945.

Learn more about the Arctic Convoys and the role that HMS Belfast played in supplying the Soviet Union: https://bit.ly/3BjRjGW

30/08/2021

This summer, we opened brand-new displays, refreshed exhibition spaces and new multi-sensory, interactive experiences on board.

You can enter one of the 6-inch gun turrets for an immersive sound experience, steer HMS Belfast to her destination in time for D-Day and explore the 'World of Warships' fully equipped free interactive gaming room.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what visitors had to say below.

Ahead of the D-Day landings, King George VI visited HMS Belfast at Scapa Flow. All spare hands chipped in to make sure e...
26/08/2021

Ahead of the D-Day landings, King George VI visited HMS Belfast at Scapa Flow. All spare hands chipped in to make sure everything was shipshape.

Despite extensive preparations, according to one sailor, the King got aluminium paint on his gloves after touching a freshly painted handrail.

Today, HMS Belfast is carefully maintained by IWM's Conservation team, to ensure she looks her best for our visitors.

As an IWM member, you can help protect over 33.5 million items in our collections, including HMS Belfast, helping to tell important stories for generations to come.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3jXPlVq

Ahead of the D-Day landings, King George VI visited HMS Belfast at Scapa Flow. All spare hands chipped in to make sure everything was shipshape.

Despite extensive preparations, according to one sailor, the King got aluminium paint on his gloves after touching a freshly painted handrail.

Today, HMS Belfast is carefully maintained by IWM's Conservation team, to ensure she looks her best for our visitors.

As an IWM member, you can help protect over 33.5 million items in our collections, including HMS Belfast, helping to tell important stories for generations to come.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3jXPlVq

It’s set to be warm and sunny this week, so what better time to visit HMS Belfast? Head up to the open spaces of the Upp...
25/08/2021

It’s set to be warm and sunny this week, so what better time to visit HMS Belfast?

Head up to the open spaces of the Upper Deck, ending with the highest vantage point on the ship – the Flag Deck, to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Then, visit the refreshed Stokers’ Café on board, and enjoy lunch or a coffee alfresco with our new outdoor seating area on the boat deck.

You could also enjoy the roof terrace of The Bar @ HMS Belfast - the ideal spot to admire London’s striking skyline with a new signature cocktail menu featuring that Royal Navy staple, rum!

Book tickets today: https://bit.ly/3D7eaam

It’s set to be warm and sunny this week, so what better time to visit HMS Belfast?

Head up to the open spaces of the Upper Deck, ending with the highest vantage point on the ship – the Flag Deck, to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Then, visit the refreshed Stokers’ Café on board, and enjoy lunch or a coffee alfresco with our new outdoor seating area on the boat deck.

You could also enjoy the roof terrace of The Bar @ HMS Belfast - the ideal spot to admire London’s striking skyline with a new signature cocktail menu featuring that Royal Navy staple, rum!

Book tickets today: https://bit.ly/3D7eaam

There's one week left of daily family activities this summer holiday at HMS Belfast. Last chance to travel back in time ...
24/08/2021

There's one week left of daily family activities this summer holiday at HMS Belfast.

Last chance to travel back in time to D-Day 1944 with our interactive storytelling experience 'Family Mission', or learn how to keep this iconic warship in tip-top condition in 'Ship Shape'. Take charge of the ship in 'Sea Legs', running every weekend in September.

All activities are drop in and recommended for families with children aged 7+. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details at the admissions desk on arrival.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3D0RTuC

There's one week left of daily family activities this summer holiday at HMS Belfast.

Last chance to travel back in time to D-Day 1944 with our interactive storytelling experience 'Family Mission', or learn how to keep this iconic warship in tip-top condition in 'Ship Shape'. Take charge of the ship in 'Sea Legs', running every weekend in September.

All activities are drop in and recommended for families with children aged 7+. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details at the admissions desk on arrival.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3D0RTuC

Descend below the Thames waterline into HMS Belfast's heavily armoured lower decks.These are the rooms that drove HMS Be...
23/08/2021

Descend below the Thames waterline into HMS Belfast's heavily armoured lower decks.

These are the rooms that drove HMS Belfast into battle. Discover the shell rooms, serving each of the four 6-inch gun turrets and hear what it would have sounded like in the engine rooms.

The Lower Steering Position was also housed deep in the heart of the ship. Try our new interactive experience and see if you can steer HMS Belfast to its destination in time for D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2Us9gDk

Descend below the Thames waterline into HMS Belfast's heavily armoured lower decks.

These are the rooms that drove HMS Belfast into battle. Discover the shell rooms, serving each of the four 6-inch gun turrets and hear what it would have sounded like in the engine rooms.

The Lower Steering Position was also housed deep in the heart of the ship. Try our new interactive experience and see if you can steer HMS Belfast to its destination in time for D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2Us9gDk

20/08/2021

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, we are only able to welcome pre-booked visitors today (Friday 20 August). We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Earn your sea legs this summer. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks ar...
20/08/2021

Earn your sea legs this summer. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks around the ship.

It's 1942 and HMS Belfast is ready to set sail. We need your help to plot the course for the upcoming mission and make sure everything is shipshape and ready to go.

Test how steady you would be on the stormy seas, figure out how to feed nearly one thousand men and get to grips with the skills needed to serve on HMS Belfast.

Free with admission. Activities run daily.
Find out more: https://bit.ly/3k1MgE1

Earn your sea legs this summer. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks around the ship.

It's 1942 and HMS Belfast is ready to set sail. We need your help to plot the course for the upcoming mission and make sure everything is shipshape and ready to go.

Test how steady you would be on the stormy seas, figure out how to feed nearly one thousand men and get to grips with the skills needed to serve on HMS Belfast.

Free with admission. Activities run daily.
Find out more: https://bit.ly/3k1MgE1

Most of HMS Belfast's ordinary sailors lived in the busy crowded mess decks. Our new exhibition, 'Home from Home', explo...
19/08/2021

Most of HMS Belfast's ordinary sailors lived in the busy crowded mess decks.

Our new exhibition, 'Home from Home', explores what life would have been like for the crew. Discover their living quarters and see where they ate, slept, and relaxed while off duty.

You'll also learn how they coped in different climates as HMS Belfast sailed hundreds of miles around the world, from the freezing conditions of the Arctic Circle to the heat and humidity of East Asia.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3gfwEMa

Most of HMS Belfast's ordinary sailors lived in the busy crowded mess decks.

Our new exhibition, 'Home from Home', explores what life would have been like for the crew. Discover their living quarters and see where they ate, slept, and relaxed while off duty.

You'll also learn how they coped in different climates as HMS Belfast sailed hundreds of miles around the world, from the freezing conditions of the Arctic Circle to the heat and humidity of East Asia.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3gfwEMa

15/08/2021

It’s 1944 and the most important day of the war so far is looming. You and your family are needed as the latest naval recruits.

Learn about the biggest invasion in history as you explore HMS Belfast. This interactive storytelling experience is based on personal stories from those who served on D-Day.

Drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. Free with general admission.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3i7pk6y

Explore the Upper Decks of HMS Belfast and see where the admiral would take charge of his fleet. The navigational, tacti...
12/08/2021

Explore the Upper Decks of HMS Belfast and see where the admiral would take charge of his fleet. The navigational, tactical, communication and gunnery control systems are up here – and most of the ship's guns.

Head up to the Operations Room and use our interactive plotting tables to help recover a downed plane from the sea off the coast of North Borneo – an operation based on a real-life exercise carried out by the ship in 1961.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3rEKnAu

Explore the Upper Decks of HMS Belfast and see where the admiral would take charge of his fleet. The navigational, tactical, communication and gunnery control systems are up here – and most of the ship's guns.

Head up to the Operations Room and use our interactive plotting tables to help recover a downed plane from the sea off the coast of North Borneo – an operation based on a real-life exercise carried out by the ship in 1961.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3rEKnAu

10/08/2021

Are you planning a visit to HMS Belfast this summer? Hear below from visitors about the COVID-19 precautions on board.

We want you to book a great day out at HMS Belfast, without worry. If you, or any member of your party test positive for COVID-19, are asked to self-isolate by NHS test and trace (or the Test and Trace app), or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please let us know and we will be happy to rebook your tickets for another time.

HMS Belfast had a sophisticated medical centre, including a sick bay, dental surgery, dispensary, examination room, thre...
07/08/2021

HMS Belfast had a sophisticated medical centre, including a sick bay, dental surgery, dispensary, examination room, three surgeon officers and six medical orderlies.

In new exhibition 'Fighting Fit', you can explore these medical rooms and learn about the key moments when these facilities were used.

You’ll also discover how Korean War Surgeon Lieutenant Tony Rowan treated patients and saved lives whilst serving on HMS Belfast. Hear his own words and understand the emotional impact of this important role on board in the Sick Bay.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2V0oyzu

HMS Belfast had a sophisticated medical centre, including a sick bay, dental surgery, dispensary, examination room, three surgeon officers and six medical orderlies.

In new exhibition 'Fighting Fit', you can explore these medical rooms and learn about the key moments when these facilities were used.

You’ll also discover how Korean War Surgeon Lieutenant Tony Rowan treated patients and saved lives whilst serving on HMS Belfast. Hear his own words and understand the emotional impact of this important role on board in the Sick Bay.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2V0oyzu

Discover what it takes to conserve HMS Belfast, the largest object in IWM’s collection, in our family activity ‘Ship Sha...
06/08/2021

Discover what it takes to conserve HMS Belfast, the largest object in IWM’s collection, in our family activity ‘Ship Shape’.

Join our team of expert conservators this summer as you help prevent damage; search for hungry insect pests burrowing into the ship’s core; test expert packing techniques to protect fragile objects; and learn to use specialised equipment.

Drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. Free with general admission.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3fFdhfb

Discover what it takes to conserve HMS Belfast, the largest object in IWM’s collection, in our family activity ‘Ship Shape’.

Join our team of expert conservators this summer as you help prevent damage; search for hungry insect pests burrowing into the ship’s core; test expert packing techniques to protect fragile objects; and learn to use specialised equipment.

Drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. Free with general admission.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3fFdhfb

Take control of HMS Belfast in battle in the brand-new fully equipped interactive gaming room, ‘World of Warships: Comma...
02/08/2021

Take control of HMS Belfast in battle in the brand-new fully equipped interactive gaming room, ‘World of Warships: Command Center’.

In the heart of the ship, using a specially prepared build of the online naval action video game World of Warships, you can take the virtual helm of the very Royal Navy cruiser you are standing in and lead it into battle.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2WtG67r

Take control of HMS Belfast in battle in the brand-new fully equipped interactive gaming room, ‘World of Warships: Command Center’.

In the heart of the ship, using a specially prepared build of the online naval action video game World of Warships, you can take the virtual helm of the very Royal Navy cruiser you are standing in and lead it into battle.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2WtG67r

It's your last chance to get 20% off your summer visit to our historic sites!Book before midnight tonight and get 20% of...
01/08/2021

It's your last chance to get 20% off your summer visit to our historic sites!

Book before midnight tonight and get 20% off tickets to HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms. Simply book your summer visit (between 31 Jul - 5 Sep) using the promo code 2DAY20.

Book now: https://bit.ly/2V5uwiq

It's your last chance to get 20% off your summer visit to our historic sites!

Book before midnight tonight and get 20% off tickets to HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms. Simply book your summer visit (between 31 Jul - 5 Sep) using the promo code 2DAY20.

Book now: https://bit.ly/2V5uwiq

In April 1949, the British warship HMS Amethyst was trapped by Chinese forces on the Yangtze River. HMS Amethyst was ord...
31/07/2021

In April 1949, the British warship HMS Amethyst was trapped by Chinese forces on the Yangtze River. HMS Amethyst was ordered up the Yangtze River to act as a guardship for the British Embassy in Nanjing. But it was attacked, run ashore and trapped for six weeks.

HMS Belfast, based in Hong Kong at the time, played a crucial role in her escape. Coded messages were sent to and from HMS Amethyst and HMS Belfast’s radio room.

On 30 July at 18.30, a message came through to say that HMS Amethyst was going to attempt an escape at 22.00. At 22.35 came the message ‘I am under fire and have been hit’. But, by 01.00, HMS Amethyst had reached the halfway mark, and was home and dry by dawn.

IWM members help conserve our historically significant sites, including HMS Belfast. Become an IWM member today: https://bit.ly/3BRN3zn

© IWM HU 129713

In April 1949, the British warship HMS Amethyst was trapped by Chinese forces on the Yangtze River. HMS Amethyst was ordered up the Yangtze River to act as a guardship for the British Embassy in Nanjing. But it was attacked, run ashore and trapped for six weeks.

HMS Belfast, based in Hong Kong at the time, played a crucial role in her escape. Coded messages were sent to and from HMS Amethyst and HMS Belfast’s radio room.

On 30 July at 18.30, a message came through to say that HMS Amethyst was going to attempt an escape at 22.00. At 22.35 came the message ‘I am under fire and have been hit’. But, by 01.00, HMS Amethyst had reached the halfway mark, and was home and dry by dawn.

IWM members help conserve our historically significant sites, including HMS Belfast. Become an IWM member today: https://bit.ly/3BRN3zn

© IWM HU 129713

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This was taken from one of the River Thames cruises on 2nd of August. Rather nice way of seeing her I thought
I must say that i am very concerned that at HMS Belfast, IWM wants to be associated with a company that is being investigated for money laundering and promotes gambling to 7 year old children.
HMS Belfast from the Shard and the Sky Garden May 2021. My Dad trained on her around 1960
Ein entspannendes Video über die Entstehung meiner 1/350 H.M.S. Belfast von Trumpeter mit Eduards Parts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYVMxnjc2GQ Habt Spaß! Andreas 🙂
Has anyone an approx A4 black & white drawing of what their messdeck/mess square looked like? If you have and want to see it featured in the forthcoming HMS Dizzly Games Book, send me a message.
Hello all. Is there some way of finding out if a particular person served on HMS Belfast on D Day? I suspect my father may have but don't know how to check. Thank you!
Hello Everyone .. Today, in my bookshop in France. The story of the Belfast class . Have a nice Day everyone.
A picture of my dad who sadly passed away 2 days ago. It is from the Nottingham post when he got back from Korea. My dad is on the far left
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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