War Years Remembered (War Museum)

War Years Remembered (War Museum), Ballyclare

War Years Remembered (War Museum)

War Years Remembered (War Museum)
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David K
28 contributions
First time visit.
Sep 2021 • Friends
Never been before.Excellent and passionate tour.This is too valuable a collection to close down.Come on councils,NITB,fund these priceless artifacts properly please.
Written September 22, 2021
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Florence x
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One of the best military/war collections ever seen
Sep 2021
Absolutely brilliant display - so much original stuff. Apparently they have to move out of their current premises and can't find alternative ones. It would be such a shame if these exhibits are put into storage never to be seen again. If anyone can help them please do as it is one of the best military/war collections I have ever seen.
Written September 15, 2021
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Leigh King
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A little insight into our family 👪 day out at War Years Remembered...
Aug 2021 • Family
An absolutely fascinating place for all ages...well worth a wee visit...my kids...like myself ...didn't want to leave...it was like being taken back in time to the 'War years"..an experience that will stay with us forever...

My experience at War Years Remembered was so moving....to the point...I was speechless for once..not like me lol.. a friend of mine had recently visited... and his exact words were..."this excels anything I've ever seen in Northern Ireland".

I myself was very interested to learn about the history that this inspirational museum holds..the fact that Blair Mayne's family personally picked this museum to take care of...and proudly show of his amazing artifacts... really does speak volumes....I've never seen my boys so excited...and they engaged with Davey for hours...as they were so keen to learn all about war times gone by...Davey taught them all about the war history through play, fun and dress up...I've uploaded photographs from our amazing time spent there...

It really would be such a shame for this excellent facility to close...it has given war veterans such joy in their last years of life... and people of all ages and walks of life have benefited so much from their experience at the museum...learning from the knowledge that Davey has passed onto them...Over the next few weeks the museum will close...hopefully to relocate...and not to close it's doors forever..just look at the delight on my 2 boys wee faces in the attached photos...says it all🙂xx
Written September 8, 2021
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BackPacker828882
1 contribution
The most authentic and unforgettable experience
Sep 2021
Out of the many military museums I have visited, this was easily the best. Because of its extensive collection, it provides the most authentic experience possible. Having collected artefacts and memorabilia since the age of 8, David has done justice for the men and women who endured the most brutal conflicts in human history by bringing their stories to life and putting a face to the statistics.
Nowhere else have I seen (or will I ever see); an MG42 from Omaha Beach, a Bofors and a Polsten AA Gun, Vickers and Lewis Guns, a road-worthy willys jeep, signed copy of Mein Kampf, Reinhard Heydrich's silver chalice, and Blair Mayne's uniform and equipment all under the same roof. Spent 4 hours there during my first visit and 5 during my second, and still haven't seen half of the collection.
I just found out that funding has run dry for this unforgettable experience because it is a charity and my heart is broken. It is imperative that we find it a permanent home and keep this collection open and available to the public eye; to remember the sacrifices of the 'Lost Generation' and the 'Greatest Generation', and to acknowledge the dedication that has gone into their commemoration.
Now, more than ever, and in this country more than any other, we need that educational reminder of what we as a people are capable of achieving in the face of the extremest of adversities. In the words of David himself: there is more that unites us in this country than divides us. Please do not let this experience be forgotten.
Written September 7, 2021
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Compass793707
Dungannon, UK1 contribution
Mind (figuratively) blown!
Sep 2021
Well, what can I say? I have something of a remedial interest in military history but tend not to go to history museums if I can help it. My brother all but dragged me along to this and I'm now glad his will prevailed over mine. I have been, despite my limited interest and knowledge of both World Wars, to a number of museums commemorating these events and I can say I have never before seen as formidable a collection of authentic, first-hand items gathered from various locations across the globe in one relatively small space, each with its own story dating back to World War One or Two.
I spent over five hours (yes, five!) in awe as I gazed at each of the exhibitions on display. Couple this with the curator, David's, seemingly endless knowledge of the war and you have yourself a first-class experience in tourism. Other museums just haven't and tend not to provoke the same sense of surreality on account of their exhibitions being loaded with replicas of the Wartime paraphernalia, not the real thing. The War Years Remembered warehouse provides a much more engaging experience as the visitor can behold actual trinkets from both wars, and consider the story behind each. Holding a real decommissioned Lee Enfield certainly invigorates the soul much more than a replica would. Standing by an actual Willy's Jeep, with a still-functioning horn I might add, is enough to make one's hair stand on end. At least, Storm, the dog, would agree.
I travelled 30 miles to visit this warehouse with my Granda and brother and we received the same reception you might expect for a party of history enthusiasts. David, who single-handedly has collected or bought each of the wares in his exhibition, walked us through the best part of the exhibition regaling us with stories of how certain prizes came into his possession or who used to own certain pieces. I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone, but some significant names from the Second World War appear throughout.
Despite all this, it was just the three of us who turned up to visit this museum today. It operates on public donations and funding but the funding has run out. The interest appears not to be there and money is spent elsewhere. For some reason, despite the photos displayed above, this "museum" does not actually qualify as a museum and is, instead, categorised as a charity, one that is grievously under-funded. The owner of the warehouse wants David to vacate the premises and with nowhere to go, there is a startling possibility, likelihood even, that all of what I witnessed today will go into storage to be forgotten forever. So, I feel it is my duty as a recent patron to spread the word where I can and encourage people to support this deserving place of history and of education. This man has devoted a lifetime to this pursuit and I vouch for it being an exhibition well worth your time and, especially, your donations!
Written September 7, 2021
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Alison Vaughan
1 contribution
An enjoyable visit
Sep 2021
This is a very interesting place to visit. Staff are more than friendly and very informative. It would be such a pity if they could not find another home (permanent) for the fabulous collection they have. very well worth a visit.
Written September 5, 2021
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Rob R
Belfast, UK2 contributions
Amazing shared history space
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is the best museum I have visited in Ireland/Northern Ireland. The exhibition is full of one-off items and personal items of the men and women both at war and on the home front. Pictures of the people in the uniform or wedding dress in front of you make for a human story. In Northern Ireland, they are none political or tell it from any one side. Their interest is in the person not who or what but the story. And they do this better than any place I have visited
The volunteers are friendly and very knowledgeable and add so much to your day.

I sadly found out today they are too close due to lack of funding and being a charity they have struggled with during the lockdown.

As a resource for schools and the public to hear our shared history in Northern Ireland this would be a shame a disgrace.

Do not let it be lost.
Written September 4, 2021
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Jimmy T
Wexford, Ireland10 contributions
Whay a joy!
Aug 2021
I have been to many military museums but this was exceptional. David is a great host with much fascinating information. Being able to climb on to some of the exhibits made me feel like a kid in a toy store.
The place far exceeded all my hopes and expectations and I cannot recommend it enough.
Written September 3, 2021
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Maria
Bangor, UK3 contributions
Great visit!
Aug 2021 • Family
Great day out at the museum, staff very friendly and chatted away to my son.
So glad we got to visit, such a pity if we lose such a fab place for young and old to visit.
Written August 23, 2021
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Lynne
5 contributions
War years remembered is a true hidden gem
Aug 2021 • Couples
Unbelievable collection of war memorabilia. A true hidden gem. Helpful knowledgeable staff who greet u like old friends. Davey the owner could talk to u for hours about every single item there. Hope to be back soon with other friends and family as its definitely worth a visit.
Written August 21, 2021
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