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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Operating as usual

Due to the restrictions of social distancing, we are unable to reopen HMS Belfast safely at the current time. We have de...
19/08/2020

Due to the restrictions of social distancing, we are unable to reopen HMS Belfast safely at the current time. We have decided to use the opportunity to invest in HMS Belfast and realise some of our much needed transformation plans on board. We anticipate that we will reopen with an enhanced public offer and an improved infrastructure in Summer 2021.

We are now looking for Photography and Film Volunteer Models! You’ll have the chance to feature on IWM’s website, social...
16/08/2020

We are now looking for Photography and Film Volunteer Models!

You’ll have the chance to feature on IWM’s website, social media, leaflets and could even be the first to experience new exhibitions and events. Individuals, couples, friends and families – everyone is welcome to apply! No modelling or acting experience is needed, just a passion for IWM’s subject and mission, and a willingness to take part in photo/film shoots.

By volunteering with us, you help us to continue to promote IWM and its charitable message. Find out more and apply here:
https://bit.ly/3kFAy1o

While VJ Day sparked celebrations, the men on board HMS Belfast still had plenty do. Discover the important role they pl...
15/08/2020

While VJ Day sparked celebrations, the men on board HMS Belfast still had plenty do. Discover the important role they played in the months after the Second World War through the diaries of Royal Navy sailor Kenneth Wiltshire: bit.ly/3fRGOiU

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14/08/2020

Can you put yourself into the, very well cared for, shoes of the Make Do & Mend generation? CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is back with another Family Mission for you this week!

You can find your full mission briefing here:
https://bit.ly/3iAl38U

CBBC favourite Ben Shires brings you another Family Mission instalment this week. Don’t forget to tune in on Friday for ...
12/08/2020

CBBC favourite Ben Shires brings you another Family Mission instalment this week. Don’t forget to tune in on Friday for your next challenge!

IWM was saddened to hear of the death of Ted Cordery, who served on HMS Belfast between 1943 and 1944 as a Leading Seama...
11/08/2020

IWM was saddened to hear of the death of Ted Cordery, who served on HMS Belfast between 1943 and 1944 as a Leading Seaman. It was a period in which the ship and her crew would take part in some of their most intense and dangerous operations including the Arctic Convoys, the Battle of North Cape and D-Day.

Ted generously shared his time with IWM, taking part in interviews and helping to fundraise for the museum’s Second World War Galleries. This photograph shows him on board during the ship’s 80th birthday celebrations in 2018. The weather had decided to mark the occasion with an overnight snowfall, but this was no deterrent to Ted who insisted on remaining 'on watch' in one of the coldest parts of the ship for two hours to have conversations with visitors.

The Ensign and Union flags on board HMS Belfast will be flown at half mast today in his honour. We will also be flying Battle ensigns and flags that spell out Ted’s name and role on board – Leading Seaman Torpedo Man Ted Cordery.

07/08/2020

CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is back and keeping our spirits up with this week’s family mission all about ukulele-playing soldier Thomas Boardman.

Your full mission briefing including how to make your own ukulele can be found at the link here! http://ow.ly/KhYz50AThKj

31/07/2020
Family Mission: Morse Code

CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is back with another Family Mission for you this week!

From sailors to secret agents, Morse Code was a very important mode of communication during the Second World War. Can you learn how to send Morse Code messages to your friends and family?

Your full mission briefing can be found here: http://ow.ly/dX4A50AMuEd

You’ll be able to discover the real life story of Bernie Bristoll who was the radio operator on HMS Belfast!

29/07/2020
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Your Summer challenge? Fun for all the family! BBC Bitesize and CBBC's Ben Shires joins Imperial War Museums in a mission to bring creativity, laughter and fun activities to kids across the country this school holiday. Are you ready?

A brand new mission lands here every Friday at 11am. Can’t wait? Check out the challenges Ben’s been getting up to, with a little help from his friends…

https://bit.ly/2OXdVqF

24/07/2020

CBBC Presenter Ben Shires and HMS Belfast need you to become the newest member of crew for this week’s family mission!

From peeling potatoes to providing medical care, every member of the almost 1000-strong crew had a very important role to play and it’s time to find out yours! Discover your role - https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/family-mission/hms-belfast-crew

Ever wondered what life would be like as a crew member aboard a Navy ship? Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps...
22/07/2020

Ever wondered what life would be like as a crew member aboard a Navy ship? Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us discover the extraordinary stories from the deck of the largest object in IWM’s collection, HMS Belfast.

Do you have any questions about life and jobs on board HMS Belfast? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you!

Watch here: https://youtu.be/59tH21QB7o4

Calling all adventurers! It's almost time for us to share stories about HMS Belfast with this week’s Adventures in Histo...
21/07/2020

Calling all adventurers! It's almost time for us to share stories about HMS Belfast with this week’s Adventures in History.

From morse code to sea sickness, icy weather and why a cat once was on board - join IWM expert Ngaire tomorrow at 2:00 PM for Adventures in History: Ship Shape Stories. ⚓

After careful consideration, we decided that it would not be possible to allow access to HMS Belfast in a safe and socia...
10/07/2020

After careful consideration, we decided that it would not be possible to allow access to HMS Belfast in a safe and socially distanced way given the current government advice.

Health and safety is our highest concern, so a reopening date will only be set once we feel it is safe to do so.

We are thrilled to announced Imperial War Museum London, Imperial War Museum North, Imperial War Museum Duxford and Churchill War Rooms will open to the public from Saturday 1 August. We have made a number of changes to these sites to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

For more information or to book tickets to our other sites please visit: www.iwm.org.uk/visits

Our statement on #StopHateForProfit. To find out more about the campaign, visit stophateforprofit.org.
01/07/2020

Our statement on #StopHateForProfit. To find out more about the campaign, visit stophateforprofit.org.

25/06/2020
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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Here, veteran Ron Yardley, who served on HMS Belfast, explains why it's known as the 'forgotten war'. You can listen to more accounts from those who served in our collection: https://bit.ly/31jS6c3

George Oliver was on radio watch on HMS Belfast the night HMS Amethyst made her escape down the Yangtze River. He monito...
22/06/2020

George Oliver was on radio watch on HMS Belfast the night HMS Amethyst made her escape down the Yangtze River. He monitored the situation reports (sitreps) that followed her progress.

"In the early part, sitreps were received regularly: Amethyst slipping away under cover of two river boats; proceeding without incident; … being challenged by the shore authorities; getting through the boom in the wake of another river boat; and so on. Then came an uncomfortable period when no sitreps were received, but eventually we got the signal we were all waiting for – Amethyst had rejoined the Fleet…"

Sign up to our eNews to hear more stories about HMS Belfast: http://ow.ly/t9fN50zCzb2

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17/06/2020
Adventures in History: Trench Tales - Part Two

Time for more Trench Tales from IWM expert Ngaire as she explores objects from our collections and what they can tell us. Discover more personal stories from the First World War, that you won’t have heard in the classroom.

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://youtu.be/JYanv1bBVw0

Time for more Trench Tales from IWM expert Ngaire as she explores objects from our collections and what they can tell us. Discover more personal stories from...

In April 1949, the British warship HMS Amethyst was trapped by Chinese forces on the Yangtze River. HMS Amethyst was ord...
15/06/2020

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.

Learn more about the Yangtze Incident: http://ow.ly/SeMH50zCyXO

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Adventurers assemble! This week we take another close look at our fantastic First World War collections.Join IWM expert ...
15/06/2020

Adventurers assemble! This week we take another close look at our fantastic First World War collections.

Join IWM expert Ngaire again who has even more tremendous tales from the trenches and beyond.

On Friday, we will be hosting our very first Family Mission Quiz - get ready to put your trench trivia to the test!

Want to take a closer look at our First World War stories? Take a look here on our website: https://bit.ly/37vyjHA

Throughout most of HMS Belfast’s lifetime, the sailors slept in hammocks just 52cm apart in their messes. Even Frankenst...
12/06/2020

Throughout most of HMS Belfast’s lifetime, the sailors slept in hammocks just 52cm apart in their messes.

Even Frankenstein, the ship’s cat, had a hammock. But unlike some of the men, didn’t have to share it. Sailors of HMS Belfast can be seen here with a young cat, possibly Frankenstein, on the starboard side of A Turret.

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12/06/2020

IWM and CBBC presenter Ben Shires are back again with a tasty Family Mission. You’ll be baking brilliant biscuits from a First World War recipe, passed down through one family, very close to IWM.

Your full mission briefing can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dV7leV

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

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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
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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?
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