Imperial War Museums

We’re on a boat: London’s HMS Belfast

Museum Monday: London’s HMS Belfast

For Museum Monday, we’re highlighting the HMS Belfast. This is a ancient warship and a nine-deck floating museum completely moored in London at the River Thames.

The Royal Navy ship is named after the Northern Ireland metropolis of Belfast and is operated as one of the Imperial War Museums’ 5 sites.

The deliver become released on St. Patrick’s Day in March 1938 and noticed movement all through World War II and the Korean War

Visitors need to wear sturdy footwear and arrive prepared for a exercise. You’ll stroll the deliver’s nine decks and climb up and down steep ladders even as studying about the ship’s function in naval history and the daily lifestyles of sailors that served on board.

What You’ll See at the HMS Belfast

Visitors to the HMS Belfast will get to look, and in a few instances, enjoy areas of the deliver that consist of large machine rooms, the gun turret, and the Operations Room (with simulated radars, device lighting, and touchscreen plotting table). Below the Water line is where the shell room, boiler room, and engine room are positioned.

950 people at a time lived and worked on the deliver, so that you’ll also see the ship’s mess deck, chapel, radio station, medical bay, dentist’s office, and bakery.

Ngaire Bushell, from the Imperial War Museum Public Engagement and Learning Team

Most site visitors to the HMS Belfast take self-guided excursions with the aid of the audio tour included in admission.

But due to the fact we had been tagging together with Gatwick Airport mascot, Gary Gatwick, our ship manual was the nimble and informed Ngaire Bushell, a producer from the Imperial War Museum’s Public Engagement and Learning Team.

She not handiest knows the whole thing approximately the records of the HMS Belfast and all its nooks and crannies but has met many sailors who served at the ship through the years.

Planning an HMS Belfast go to? Here’s a brief video approximately exhibits and reports added and updated while the appeal was closed during the pandemic.