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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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 here: http://ow.ly/119c50DIRvV

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05/02/2021

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Yesterday, IWM were saddened to hear of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Captain Tom represented hope in a time of ...
03/02/2021

Yesterday, IWM were saddened to hear of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Captain Tom represented hope in a time of adversity and he will be remembered for his fundraising work for the NHS and his ability to lift spirits when the world needed it most.

We were delighted to welcome him as our first honorary patron last year and honoured to work with the Captain Tom Foundation on our Captain Sir Tom at 100 display at IWM Duxford. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his friends and family.

Today on #HolocaustMemorialDay, we remember all those who died for who and what they were, whilst we stand against preju...
27/01/2021
How Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives After 1945

Today on #HolocaustMemorialDay, we remember all those who died for who and what they were, whilst we stand against prejudice and hatred in the world today.

Discover how some survivors of Nazi persecution rebuilt their lives in the years that followed 1945: http://bit.ly/3c9Ku1j

One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecutio...

Today, the signal on the mainmast reads "CLAP FOR HEROES". Please join HMS Belfast and show your support for our heroes ...
07/01/2021

Today, the signal on the mainmast reads "CLAP FOR HEROES".

Please join HMS Belfast and show your support for our heroes at 8pm this evening.

Happy New Year from HMS Belfast! 2021 is going to be a huge year for HMS Belfast, marking 50 years since she arrived on ...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from HMS Belfast!

2021 is going to be a huge year for HMS Belfast, marking 50 years since she arrived on the River Thames. This summer will see HMS Belfast reopening her doors to the public once again, with an exciting and enhanced public offer.

We can't wait to welcome you back.

29/12/2020

HMS Belfast was the answer to one of the general knowledge questions on Mastermind last night. Did you get it right?

Which Imperial War Museum site or exhibition would you choose as your specialist subject if you were to sit in the black chair?

What's your experience of HMS Belfast on Facebook? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know and take this ...
27/12/2020

What's your experience of HMS Belfast on Facebook? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know and take this short survey: http://ow.ly/d8sN50CSnfo

As a thank you, all those who complete the survey can join a prize draw, with the chance to win £100.*

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Merry Christmas! Are you having a traditional Christmas lunch, or something a little different this year? This souvenir ...
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas!

Are you having a traditional Christmas lunch, or something a little different this year? This souvenir menu shows what the crew of HMS Belfast enjoyed on Christmas Day 1945:

*Breakfast*
Bacon, Egg, Sausages, Rolls, Butter, Marmalade & Coffee.

*Dinner*
Cream of Tomato Soup, Roast Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, Boiled Ham, Roast Potatoes, Green Peas, Christmas Pudding & Custard Sauce.

*Tea*
Fruit, Custard & Christmas Cake.

*Supper*
Cold Roast Pork, Pickles & Mince Pies.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become a legendary story.  In the midst of a brutal total war, how did this momentary pe...
22/12/2020
The Christmas Truce of 1914

The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become a legendary story. In the midst of a brutal total war, how did this momentary peace come about?

This video tells the real story - Head of Documents & Sound, Anthony Richards explains what impact the event had on the course of the First World War and why such events were never repeated.

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

The photographs, letters and interviews in IWM’s collection tell the real story of the Christmas Truce. In this video, Head of Documents and Sound Anthony Richards explains how the truce came about, its impact on the course of the First World War and why it never happened again after 1914.

On the 11th day of the 11th month, we commemorate the signing of the Armistice, which marked the beginning of the end of...
11/11/2020

On the 11th day of the 11th month, we commemorate the signing of the Armistice, which marked the beginning of the end of the First World War.

At 11 o'clock, we pause to remember all those who have suffered or died in conflict.

Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday 10th November, at 7.30pm for the National Historic Ships Annual Awards Ceremony 2020. This yea...
09/11/2020

Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday 10th November, at 7.30pm for the National Historic Ships Annual Awards Ceremony 2020.

This year's ceremony was filmed onboard HMS Belfast, so tune in to see IWM Curator, Rob Rumble, tell fascinating stories in the Sick Bay and Arctic Mess Deck, as well as find out the 2020 winners, for categories including the Photo Competition and Excellence in Maritime Conservation Awards.

You can watch the virtual ceremony here: https://bit.ly/2GLtGjW

Today on HMS Belfast, we mark Remembrance Sunday, when the nation remembers those who have fought and died in conflict. ...
08/11/2020

Today on HMS Belfast, we mark Remembrance Sunday, when the nation remembers those who have fought and died in conflict.

The signal from the mast reads "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM".

08/11/2020
Closer to history: The inspiration behind They Shall Not Grow Old

“The sense of excitement when you open up a can of film and you might have been the first person to view that in 20, 30, 100 years” - Matt Lee, Head of Film at IWM

Watching They Shall Not Grow Old on BBC Two tonight at 10.45pm?

Watch this video (sound on 🔊) to find out how IWM's extensive film footage was brought to the big screen for the transformative documentary directed by Peter Jackson, changing the way we see the First World War.

Help preserve our film collection for future generations, forever. Become an IWM member today: https://bit.ly/3kblDdG

'England expects that every man will do his duty’. HMS Belfast marks Trafalgar Day today with the same signal that was s...
21/10/2020

'England expects that every man will do his duty’.

HMS Belfast marks Trafalgar Day today with the same signal that was sent by Vice-Admiral Nelson from his flagship HMS Victory on October 21st 1805.

US Marines advance from Inchon (pictured)  following the UN assault #OnThisDay in 1950, which turned the tables in the K...
15/09/2020

US Marines advance from Inchon (pictured) following the UN assault #OnThisDay in 1950, which turned the tables in the Korean War. Among the vessels assembled for the largest amphibious strike since the Second World War was #HMSBelfast.

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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…"

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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

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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
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Doing time for stealing sweets from the naafi!
Loved Touring HMS Belfast on Monday, even if I did get locked up.