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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10/06/2020

IWM Statement: #BlackLivesMatter

Making a statement about Black Lives Matter is no substitute for making actionable change.

Racism isn't just about hate. It spans unconscious bias, access, inclusion, perception, ignorance, apathy and dialogue. These are all things we can help to tackle through how we tell stories at IWM.

We know there’s a lot more we can do, and a long way for us to go.

Here are some of the things we will do:

> We will listen - to our peers, our staff, our visitors and the wider public
> We will have difficult conversations – including about our own history
> We will embrace topics perceived as ‘controversial’ which reveal or highlight issues that are uncomfortable or contested, nationally or internationally
> We will explicitly collect around excluded and underrepresented stories
> We will diversify our collections
We will increase the number of staff appointments from minority groups
> We will create an open and supportive environment for our staff to challenge and interrogate us
> We will tell more stories to represent marginalised narratives and experiences
> We will continue to implement access and inclusion training for all of our staff, at all levels
> We will continue to give a voice to an internal network of staff in place to be ‘critical friends’ to the museum on all issues of access and inclusion

All of these actions are measurable. We will report back on our progress to our Trustees who hold IWM to account on behalf of the public.

We will keep listening.

10/06/2020
Adventures in History: Trench Tales

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph?

Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating stories that the objects in our museums hold.

Discover personal stories from the First World War, from the trenches to the home front.

Do you have any questions about our Trench Tales? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPSHpYBCbqg

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph? Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating stories that the objects in our museums ...

Calling all adventurers! Get ready to dive into our fantastic First World War collection with this week’s Adventures in ...
08/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Get ready to dive into our fantastic First World War collection with this week’s Adventures in History.

Join IWM expert Ngaire who will be sharing tales from the trenches and beyond in our next two films.

On Friday have your whisks at the ready as we bring you another brilliant baking mission, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare:
http://ow.ly/Izhn50zZYNI

05/06/2020

IWM and CBBC presenter Ben Shires are entrusting you with a super secret Family Mission. Our mission’s code name is: Operation “Titanic” and the success of D-Day depends on it!

Your full mission briefing can be found here: http://ow.ly/iMxl50zYVe1

04/06/2020

Ted Cordery was a torpedoman on board HMS Belfast. On D-Day, his job was to operate the ship’s crane and lift the wounded soldiers being brought from the beaches on board to be treated in the ship’s sickbay.

He has never forgotten what he witnessed on D-Day, nor what it was like to watch small landing craft full of men headed to the beaches passing HMS Belfast.

Watch in full: https://bit.ly/3eEIdsO

On 3 June 1944, HMS Belfast departed from the Firth of Clyde. The crew had been taking part in training exercises and th...
03/06/2020

On 3 June 1944, HMS Belfast departed from the Firth of Clyde. The crew had been taking part in training exercises and the rumour mill amongst the crew suggested they were being trained for something big. They didn’t know it but they were about to play an important role in D-Day.

With Admiral Dalrymple-Hamilton on board, she would be the flagship of Bombardment Force E. She would be part of the Eastern Task Force, ships that would bombard the coast of France - Belfast would provide fire support for the landings on Juno and Gold beaches.

Captain Parham informed his men of the mission they were about to undertake in a way that was unusual for him. "That was the only occasion during the two years I was in command that I addressed the ship’s company over the loudspeaker. I always said when I talked to my men, I liked to see them. Of course in this case, that was impossible. And I spoke to them over the loudspeaker and told them exactly what we were going to do."

Find out more about HMS Belfast’s role here: https://bit.ly/2TXSZT3

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03/06/2020

What does the D in D-Day stand for? And why was 6 June 1944 so important?

Join IWM expert Holiday this week as she answers those questions and reveals some of the exciting secrets and stories behind D-Day. Discover the planning behind this top secret mission and what took place to make it happen.

Do you have any questions about D-Day? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

📺 Watch here: https://youtu.be/eqQOnjOLXUE

After 24 years of active service, HMS Belfast was decommissioned. The long-term outlook was bleak; most warships end the...
01/06/2020

After 24 years of active service, HMS Belfast was decommissioned. The long-term outlook was bleak; most warships end their days as scrap metal.

On 14 April 1967, a team from IWM visited Portsmouth to consider acquiring one of HMS Gambia’s 6-inch gun turrets. They had lunch on board HMS Belfast, which at that time was a Harbour Accommodation Ship. By the end of the meal, the idea of preserving an entire ship had been born – HMS Belfast was the perfect candidate.

What are your stories of HMS Belfast?

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?Then be sure to join us...
01/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?

Then be sure to join us for this Wednesday’s special D-Day episode of Adventures in History.

On Friday, we have another top-secret mission for you, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare: http://ow.ly/U0cp50zTF4Z

Proud to announce HMS Belfast has been named @NatHistShips 2020 Flagship, for showing, along with its fellow regional fl...
28/05/2020

Proud to announce HMS Belfast has been named @NatHistShips 2020 Flagship, for showing, along with its fellow regional flagships, "tenacity in continuing to raise their profile throughout the Covid-19 outbreak" 🍾

HMS Belfast undertook her final tour of duty with a tour of the world’s greatest ports. Her final years at sea ended wit...
27/05/2020

HMS Belfast undertook her final tour of duty with a tour of the world’s greatest ports. Her final years at sea ended with visits to the likes of Hawaii, San Francisco, Seattle, British Columbia, Sydney and Singapore.

IWM members play a crucial role in supporting our historically significant sites, including HMS Belfast. Help tell the stories that deserve to be heard. Become an IWM member today: http://ow.ly/mIrl50zxmXL

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27/05/2020

Can you imagine what it would be like to live at the bottom of the sea?

This week CBBC Presenter Ben Shires interviews our special guest Ed, from HMNB Clyde Ed will tell us all about what it’s like to work on a submarine and spend months living deep beneath the waves. He will share how he keeps busy below sea level and what it’s like to have sea creatures for neighbours!

You can find the episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQJSJSwrXdU&feature=youtu.be

Adventurers, your mission this week is to look below the surface. Adventures in History is heading under the sea to unco...
25/05/2020

Adventurers, your mission this week is to look below the surface. Adventures in History is heading under the sea to uncover stories about submarines!

Tune in on Wednesday to join special guest Ed, from @hmnbclyde, as he explores what life is like below sea level. As a real life submariner Ed will share some amazing stories that you certainly won’t have heard in the classroom!

On Friday you’ll be assigned a secret mission that will help you to stay in touch while you adventure beneath the waves.

Want to start preparing for your mission before Wednesday? Have a peek at this film from our collections exploring Royal Navy Submarines: https://youtu.be/_K4SL7--qfA

On this day in 1950, HMS Belfast arrived at Kure, Japan.  Did you know that the sailors of HMS Belfast used to cool off ...
16/05/2020

On this day in 1950, HMS Belfast arrived at Kure, Japan.

Did you know that the sailors of HMS Belfast used to cool off in the shark-infested waters of the Far East by swimming inside a big net attached to the ship?

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King George VI made two official visits to HMS Belfast during the Second World War. Lieutenant W P Brooke Smith recalled...
15/05/2020

King George VI made two official visits to HMS Belfast during the Second World War. Lieutenant W P Brooke Smith recalled the second visit in his diary:

"One funny episode occurred on the Quarterdeck when the King remarked to the captain how clean the ship was. He then put his hands on the guardrail and leaned over to watch the drifter coming alongside [to take him to shore]. Then he looked at his hands and they were covered with black oil as the wires had just been painted. 'I see I spoke too soon,' was his comment."

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15/05/2020
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It’s time to dust off those paint brushes, pencils and crayons and get creative with IWM expert, Paris!

This week we want you to take inspiration from the British war artists from the First and Second World Wars whose job it was to record the many different aspects of war; from queuing up at the shops to fighter planes in the skies over London.

Your mission is to pick up a pencil, crayon or paintbrush and create a picture of life at home during lockdown.

Send us your pictures in the comments below!

13/05/2020
Adventures in History: Painting Life

Did you know that just like soldiers, artists also play an essential role in war efforts?

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris this week as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War. War artists didn’t just paint scenes on the battlefield, they also captured everyday life and showed how ordinary people’s lives were shaped by war.

Do you have any questions about the artists or artworks discussed in this episode? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

You can watch over on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/LiR55xyqOmQ
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This week, we're exploring some paintings from the Second World War era. Curators Paris and Becky tell us that an artist’s most important skill is looking, r...

Five years after Victory in Europe, HMS Belfast went on to serve in the Korean War in support of South Korea and the Uni...
11/05/2020

Five years after Victory in Europe, HMS Belfast went on to serve in the Korean War in support of South Korea and the United Nations.

She fired more shells in the Korean War than she did in the whole of the Second World War, even having her 6-inch guns replaced part-way through. Her gunnery was so accurate and quick that the Americans christened her ‘that straight-shooting ship’.

During her 404 days of active service in the Korean War, HMS Belfast was only hit once - in 1952, a shell punched through her side. The small patched-up section of the hull can still be seen on her starboard side.

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. On 8 May 1945, HMS Belfast was in Rosyth for repairs when her...
08/05/2020

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

On 8 May 1945, HMS Belfast was in Rosyth for repairs when her crew heard that war in Europe had ended. Jake Jakobs, a British radar operator who served on board HMS Belfast in the Far East remembers the VE Day celebrations in Edinburgh:

‘...I remember I got in the pubs in Edinburgh... I met a girl called Roberta, she was real tough... Land Army girl... she took me round VE day... you've only got to have a drink and the bagpipes come out and everybody marches, singing their heads off, marching round Edinburgh and after about 6 hours of that I got tired... they kept dragging me round all night. I had a bed waiting for me... I didn't get to it. Anyway, everybody had a good time and then we went up to Scapa and then off we went.’

Listen to more first-hand accounts of VE Day 1945 on our website: http://ow.ly/DMeH50zxlPh

#Victory75

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Pictured: VE Day celebrations in London, 8 May 1945.

08/05/2020
Voices of War #Victory75

“It was all so sad. But there was the other side that was so wonderful.”

On VE Day, join together with those who were there on 8 May 1945. Listen to Voices of War here: https://bit.ly/2WbKzsY #Victory75

05/05/2020
Voices of War #Victory75

What did victory really mean?

From Prime Minister Winston Churchill, to the people on the ground, hear the story of VE Day from those who were there with our three Voices of War sound compilations. We'll be live from 6.00 AM on Friday. Find out more: http://bit.ly/39Cdvyj #Victory75

The ship's galley was where all food was prepared on HMS Belfast.With an entire crew to feed, it was open all day, every...
29/04/2020

The ship's galley was where all food was prepared on HMS Belfast.

With an entire crew to feed, it was open all day, every day.

Potatoes were plentiful and boiling water was always made available for a satisfying brew.

https://bit.ly/2X6OWGq
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Episode 4 of Adventures in History is now live!
29/04/2020

Episode 4 of Adventures in History is now live!

Whether you’ve got wings, paws or feet, everyone affected by war and conflict has a special story to share.

Join IWM expert Clare this week as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes and the important roles they played in supporting war efforts. Clare will tell us about animals that are super smart and can do amazing things that modern equipment and highly skilled people cannot!

Have any questions about animals in wartime? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

Click the following link to watch now: https://youtu.be/o49NRch9J-g

Don't miss our next Adventures in History episode this Wednesday!
27/04/2020

Don't miss our next Adventures in History episode this Wednesday!

Animal lovers, this week is for you! In this week’s edition of Adventures in History we will meet some very special four-legged adventurers.

Tune in this Wednesday to watch an IWM expert share their favourite stories of animal heroes that you won’t have heard in the classroom.

On Friday, we’ll be sharing a creature-themed challenge for the whole family inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Keen to get cracking before Wednesday? Here are 12 ways animals have helped the war effort:
http://ow.ly/UPsG50zmvuj

Dependant on where she served across the world, HMS Belfast wore a different camouflage.Individual designs, intended to ...
25/04/2020

Dependant on where she served across the world, HMS Belfast wore a different camouflage.

Individual designs, intended to break up the shape of the massive ship against sea and shoreline, were painted across her superstructure.

As a museum ship, today her colours represent those worn on D-Day, 1944.

https://bit.ly/2RbShAg
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Did you know IWM Duxford was the first place to have the famous Spitfire fighter plane?Join IWM expert Craig this week a...
22/04/2020

Did you know IWM Duxford was the first place to have the famous Spitfire fighter plane?

Join IWM expert Craig this week as he shares real life stories about brave pilots and aircraft that flew from IWM Duxford. He’ll tell us about a pilot who succeeded against the odds and share stories of his furry co-pilot:

http://ow.ly/fZPh50zl8Xy

Do drop any questions you have in the comments of this post.

Happy Birthday Ma'am, on your 94th Birthday.HMS Belfast is no stranger to the crown and in 2012, took part in salute of ...
21/04/2020

Happy Birthday Ma'am, on your 94th Birthday.

HMS Belfast is no stranger to the crown and in 2012, took part in salute of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
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HMS Belfast was one of the largest and most powerful light cruisers ever built for the Royal Navy.Heavily armed, yet ver...
19/04/2020

HMS Belfast was one of the largest and most powerful light cruisers ever built for the Royal Navy.

Heavily armed, yet versatile, the ship served across the world, visiting the extremes; the freezing seas of the North Atlantic and the sweltering tropics of South-East Asia.

Ron Yardley joined HMS Belfast as the ship prepared to head to Korea: https://bit.ly/2XaddM2
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As a charity, members play an important role in supporting our historically significant sites and world-leading collecti...
18/04/2020

As a charity, members play an important role in supporting our historically significant sites and world-leading collection.

Discover history with a year’s free entry to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms and IWM Duxford.

Invitations to exclusive member events and tours across our sites, and the opportunity to save money with discounted event tickets.

So many benefits of becoming an IWM member. Why wait? Join now. https://bit.ly/2Xa41XO

17/04/2020
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This week your mission is to put yourself in the shoes (or the taste-buds!) of families in the Second World War.

Rationing meant that foods such as eggs, butter and meat were often in short supply. Ingenuity and inventiveness were needed to satisfy a family’s sweet tooth.

Get together to try this Eggless Jam Sponge recipe, hot from the IWM archives, and solve the mystery of how to bake an eggless cake.

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Famed for her role during the Second World War, HMS Belfast was modernised for extended service, between 1956-1959.New a...
15/04/2020

Famed for her role during the Second World War, HMS Belfast was modernised for extended service, between 1956-1959.

New anti-aircraft weapons, new masts, and a fully enclosed bridge were installed, much of which can be seen today.

Sign up to our newsletter for more stories. https://bit.ly/2R99KJE
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Can you really make a tasty cake from vegetables?Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her little houseboat on the River Thames ...
15/04/2020

Can you really make a tasty cake from vegetables?

Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her little houseboat on the River Thames as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War. How would you have gotten creative in the kitchen to keep your family well fed?

Remember Ngaire will be on hand for one hour from the time of posting to answer your questions in the comments live: https://youtu.be/pKSEGFCI8jw

10/04/2020
Family Mission Letters Home

What would you say if your only means of communicating with your family was a 25 word message that would take months to arrive?

This week IWM expert Ngaire sets your first challenge from her home floating on the River Thames:

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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

Opening Hours

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

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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!
Loved Touring HMS Belfast on Monday, even if I did get locked up.
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I have a question from across the pond.....I really enjoyed visiting the HMS Belfast many years ago and surprised by accessing the 6inch turret from the bottom rear opening.......just wondering if the bottom rear of the turret was originally opened to the elements. or was it done after it became a museum?
25/10/2019
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Hi I have a Question could HMS Belfast be able to move under her own power question wanted to ask since I visited when I was little please
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A fabulous day at HMS Belfast...shame we ended up in the cell! #hmsbelfast
Lovely day yesterday and my favourite photo ! #HMSBelfast