WWII Digital Archive

NI's veterans remember the days gone by

The Belfast Blitz, ration coupons, gas masks and the blare of air raid sirens – if you’re too young to remember them, have lived through them or want to learn about them, www.secondworldwarni.org is your first port of call.

The website brings personal histories from the War, in striking audio and video testimonies from war veterans, Blitz survivors, evacuees and Wrens. With hundreds of letters and photographs from archival sources being seen for the first time, the website provides a unique resource and a respectful tribute to the people of NI who were affected in so many ways by the War.

Sam McAughtry
Sam McAughtry is best known for his prolific career as a writer. But the Second World War Veteran served in the RAF, and here he shares a story from the bombing of Hiroshima.

Warwork News
Sponsored by the Ministry of Supply, Warwork News was released fortnightly for distribution in factories, where they were shown at special lunchtime screenings. Here we see 'Ulster at Arms'.

Paddy Gillespie
Living close to the border during wartime, Paddy Gillespie has a wealth of stories of the measures taken during the war years and memories from time in service. He recalls the cross-border smuggling that went on during the war years.

Maeve Kelly
The ladies of the British Women's Royal Naval Service played as big a role in the war effort as those on the front lines. Maeve Kelly remembers her time as a Wren.

The War Is Over
The end of the Second World War was a pivotal point in world history, impacting on nations across the globe. Northern Ireland was no exception and this video records the atmosphere of the time.

Developed by the Northern Ireland Museums Council and generously funded by the Big Lottery Fund, this site continues the work of the Imperial War Museum’s 2005 Their Past Your Future project, which marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the War. It has been made possible through partnership between museums, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, and other key players across the province.

The site was produced by Derry’s Nerve Centre and CultureNorthernIreland, which have strong track-records in the development of multimedia resources and of working in the cultural and heritage sectors.