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  • Monday, 4 April 2022 - 6:14pm

    Often with historic events it’s hard to understand the impact when you’re looking back and might not have experienced the conflict firsthand.

    In this blog we take a look at the numbers behind the Falklands, the hard data and facts to show an insight on the scale of the conflict.

    While some facts were easy to find, our research clearly highlighted how much harder it was to find the figures required for a balanced article, representing both sides equally.

    This happens very frequently in history, sometimes there are inaccurate, partial or biased records, or at worse,...

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  • Friday, 1 April 2022 - 10:09pm

    The way we remember things, especially history, resonates differently for all of us. Often you’ll connect a song, or a film, or something that happened in the news with a particular period of time.

    Looking back at events in history, and reviewing the wider cultural events, can often deepen our insight into what life was like at the time.

    Part of our role as a National Museum is to help explain and connect historic events to people’s everyday lives.

    For example, the music of Dame Vera Lynn is inherently connected to the Second World...

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  • Friday, 1 April 2022 - 9:27pm

    Why did the Falklands conflict happen?

    Like all disputed territory in a post-colonial world, the roots to this question run deep.

    With the discovery of the ‘New World’ in the late 1400s, ships began to pass and take note of a small group of islands in the South Pacific.

    The combination of a Papal bull and treaties between Spain and Portugal soon divided the New World neatly between the two powers along two straight lines. Most of Latin America, and the Falklands with it, were in the Spanish section of the map.

    Initial settlement

    Initial settlement,...

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  • Friday, 1 April 2022 - 8:07pm

    Falklands 40

    Thursday 14 June 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands following the invasion by Argentina on 2 April 1982.

    Over 250 British personnel lost their lives during the conflict and many others made great personal sacrifices. The Royal Navy played a crucial role in the war and this blog seeks to provide an overview of the conflict.

    Conflict overview

    40 years ago, Argentina invaded a group of islands in the South Atlantic. To Britain the largest are the 'Falkland Islands' - 8000 miles away but have been a British...

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  • Friday, 25 March 2022 - 7:24pm

    Today, we are thrilled to announce that HMS Caroline will remain in Belfast – her home for nearly 100 years.

    As many of you are aware HMS Caroline, a remarkable First World War survivor closed two years ago. With the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund we have been able to reach an agreement with the Department for the Economy that will ensure a sustainable future which will help to conserve and maintain this historic ship whilst sharing her incredible story.

    With an agreement now in place we can begin to look to the future and hope to welcome visitors later this year...

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  • Friday, 25 March 2022 - 6:04pm

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