Royal Ulster Rifles & Northern Ireland War Museums.

Today S.A.S.H members paid a visit to the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, Waring Street (Beside the Northern Whig) & the Northern Ireland War Memorial Home Front Exhibition in Talbot Street (Side of St Anne’s Cathedral).

Northern Ireland War Memorial Home Front Exhibition.

http://www.niwarmemorial.org/

On our arrival to this museum we were met by ex, if there is ever such a thing, service man Bob Wright.

Bobs friendliness hits & relaxes you straight from the start. As he guides you around the exhibition his knowledge of what he is showing you & telling you about shines through. This man really knows his stuff & it’s refreshing to see how much he loves helping us to understand the facts & realities of war. His friendliness & the realisation that he himself has been part of it makes what we are learning all the more personal. Bob really does make this visit worthwhile & at the end of his tour, we have all learnt something new.

Bob then passed us over to Jenny Haslett, the education officer. Jenny, a lovely young lady, took us through a video of photo’s detailing the bombing of Belfast, taking us through the Belfast Blitz & also telling us the part which people from within Ireland played during the war, both within industry, building ships & airplanes, & within the services Home Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force or any other roll. Looking at these photos & listening to Jenny gave us a brief insight into what it must have been like to live during these times.

These two museums offer a look at what the people of Belfast & other parts of Ireland went through during times of war. They tell the harsh realities of war, the death & carnage, they tell us about the sorrow & suffering of those involved & those caught up within it, they also tell us of the sacrifice of those who joined our Armed Services to keep us all safe. They tell us of their bravery & the heroic deeds they carried out.

Those who have died in the past & those who may die in future conflicts should never be forgotten. They should be Remembered Forever & With Pride.

These museums help to keep our history alive & we should all take time to visit these places.

Thank You Bob Wright & Jenny Haslett.

Shankill Area Social History.

S.A.S.H

Remembering Our Past For Those In The Future.

Visits to place s like these are vital if we are ever to grasp who & what we are about.

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