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 historical warship and a 9-deck floating museum permanently moored in London on the River Thames.

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

The deliver became released on St. Patrick’s Day in March 1938 and saw motion at some point of World War II and the Korean War

Visitors must put on strong shoes and arrive ready for a workout. You’ll stroll the deliver’s 9 decks and climb up and down steep ladders at the same time as gaining knowledge of about the ship’s position in naval records and the daily life 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 some cases, enjoy areas of the ship that encompass giant gadget rooms, the gun turret, and the Operations Room (with simulated radars, gadget lighting fixtures, and touchscreen plotting desk). Below the Water line is where the shell room, boiler room, and engine room are positioned.

950 human beings at a time lived and labored at the deliver, so that you’ll additionally see the ship’s mess deck, chapel, radio station, medical bay, dentist’s workplace, 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 resource of the audio excursion protected in admission.

But due to the fact we were tagging at the side of Gatwick Airport mascot, Gary Gatwick, our deliver manual turned into the nimble and informed Ngaire Bushell, a producer from the Imperial War Museum’s Public Engagement and Learning Team.

She no longer simplest is aware of the whole lot about the records of the HMS Belfast and all its nooks and crannies but has met many sailors who served on the deliver through the years.

Planning an HMS Belfast go to? Here’s a short video approximately reveals and studies introduced and updated while the attraction was closed all through the pandemic.