Dr Innes McCartney is a nautical archaeologist, explorer, historian and author. Over the last 25 years he has specialised in the discovery of and investigation into twentieth century shipwrecks including the wrecks of the Battle of Jutland and many British and German submarines. He has appeared regularly on documentaries such as Time Team Special and is a popular speaker at conferences.
The talk will give an overview of the Battle of Jutland and then reveal how the 25 ships sunk have been discovered in recent years and what they tell us. The shipwrecks offer an entirely new way of looking at the battle. Not only are they the extant memorials to the 8,500 sailors who died, they are also remarkable untapped archaeological resources. This is no truer than when looking that remains of the ships which sunk with few witnesses, or behind walls of smoke. In those cases the wrecks offer much new information about the battle which was previously unknown. This talk will show how investigations of the wrecks are changing historical perspectives on the battle.
The talk will take place on Thursday 26th May at 6.30pm in PRONI. Refreshments will be available from 6pm
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Organised by History Hub Ulster and the Royal Navy, this event is part of Belfast City Council’s Civic Events programme of commemorations and is being funded by the Council and OFMDFM. For further information on these events, please visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/centenaries
A sea of lights to remember those from North Belfast who died in the First World War.
On Saturday 19th March, participants of North Belfast Remembers will set sail glass bottles with LED lights and details of individual men and women from North Belfast who served in the First World War.
Adults and children will partner to tell the stories of 100 men, will attend a memorial event and release their glass bottle into the water at HMS Caroline. At workshops in North Belfast, the adults involved will research a serviceman and write a letter to an unknown child about his life. Each child will receive a letter and design their glass bottle accordingly. The letters will be inserted into the bottles, and together each partnership will turn on the LED light in their bottle and push their bottle and letter into the water, a message in a bottle. The sea of LED lights will serve as a poignant reminder of those lost during the First World War.
If you are from North Belfast and would like to take part in a research workshop please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Research skills workshops will be roughly 2 hours long and will include basic research skills using a number of sources on local library computers. Each participant will then write a letter to a child with all the information they have found. The child will use the letter to design their bottle in keeping with the man’s life. Each participant will then be required to attend an informal memorial event on the evening of 19th March at HMS Caroline, and throw their ‘message in a bottle’ into the Victoria Channel.
All members of the community will be invited to attend, bringing their own letters to place into bottles which will be provided on site and can be thrown into the channel. Details of this will be circulated at a later date on this site.
Somme Community Debate hosted by History Hub Ulster member Faye Rice and the Castleton Lanterns Project.
NOTE FROM The Castleton Lanterns Team
The Shining a Light on the Somme Community Debate on Saturday 12th March has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. We will post once a new event is confirmed. Apologies for any inconvenience. Castleton Lanterns Team