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Home Front Conference: NI in the Second World War

Home Front: Northern Ireland in the Second World War
A Conference at PRONI, 21 November 2014

To mark the publication of Dr. Phillip Ollerenshaw's new book, Northern Ireland in the Second World War: Politics, Economic Mobilisation and Society, 1939-45, PRONI hosted a half-day conference looking at various aspects of life in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.
Speakers included Dr. Brian Barton on the Belfast Blitz; William Butler on the Ulster Home Guard; Ian Montgomery on the Short & Harland Archive; and Dr. Phillip Ollerenshaw on Politics, Economic Mobilisation and Society. There was also a screening of the film, The Story of the Home Guard. The conference was chaired by Dr. Tim Bowman.
Part 1
Dr. Tim Bowman opened proceedings by reflecting on recent research on the role of Eire/Republic of Ireland/ during the Second World War, before Dr. Brian Barton began his talk, The Belfast Blitz.
N. Ireland In World War 2: Politics, Economic Mobilisation & Society - PRONI - Part 1
Part 4
William Butler from the University of Kent then delivered his talk, The Ulster Home Guard and Northern Irish Society.
N. Ireland In World War 2: Politics, Economic Mobilisation & Society - PRONI - Part 4
Part 5
There followed a screening of The Story of the Home Guard, an extremely rare piece of wartime film production which was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Government and almost entirely shot in Northern Ireland.
After this, PRONI's In Montgomery presented his lively talk, Short Brothers and Harland in Northern Ireland, 1937-45: The Photographic Record.
The day concluded with a talk from Dr. Phillip Ollerenshaw, who took us over the findings of his new book.
N. Ireland In World War 2: Politics, Economic Mobilisation & Society - PRONI - Part 5