HMS Belfast will be running a hands on, creative activity from the ship's flag deck. Children will be able to use real ship's binoculars to explore the view from the bridge.
After scanning the view from one of the highest vantage points on the ship, they will be given the opportunity to create a postcard of what they have just seen. The postcard will then be posted to the artist as a unique reminder of their visit to the ship.
View from the Bridge is a hands on, creative activity providing an opportunity for children and families to:
• Handle Second World War binoculars, similar to those handled by HMS Belfast's crew during her service
• Sketch a postcard of the view that they can see, which we will post home to them as a souvenir of their visit
• Compare the view and conditions on the day of their visit with photography taken on the Flag deck during HMS Belfast's service in the Arctic in 1942 - 1943, where the harsh realities of living and working in permanently sub-zero temperatures are brought to life
• Take part in signalling exercises including Semaphore and signalling their names in code
To complete this educational activity, a 'treasure trail' around the Flag deck will help children to understand the importance of this ships' structure and the importance of its job during active service.
The activity is free and open to all children under 12.