The stories of the Second World War and the Holocaust are less well-known in Northern Ireland. Through ‘Searchlight: Stories of the Second World War’, we will illuminate the stories of objects that live in our collections – like those that belonged to Kenneth Brown, a young man from Northern Ireland who trained as an RAF pilot in Canada, and who later used those skills to fly evidence to the Nuremberg trials. The press pass pictured above gave him the chance to bear witness to some of the most important legal trials of the twentieth century.
Over the coming months we will be working with community groups to share some of these stories, and we’ll be creating a new website that brings together stories from Northern Ireland and the wider world. Keep an eye on this webpage for updates.
’Searchlight: Untold Stories of the Second World War’ is part of the Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme led by Imperial War Museums and generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. National Museums NI is one of eight partner sites across the UK joining Imperial War Museums in sharing less well-known local stories to coincide with the reopening of IWM London’s Second World War and the Holocaust Galleries. Click here to learn more.