The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story How do you get an army across the English Channel and into France when your enemy is well armed, well trained and expecting you? Find out how at the D-Day Story, Portsmouth.
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Work has now begun on site for our exciting redevelopment project. The Museum will re-open in spring 2018, with completely new displays about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, told through the stories of those who took part, and an exciting programme of events. Follow the link to find out more and how you can help. Follow us on our social media for updates. http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/d-day/transforming-the-d-day-museum While we are refurbishing, our 'Pop Up Museum' will be attending events throughout the city during 2017. Message us to find out more. This is a community page. Please remember when writing posts and comments that we aim to keep it family-friendly. Any posts or comments which don't meet our moderation standards will be removed. Exhaustive efforts have been made to locate the copyright owners of all images used on this page, and to meet their requirements. Please bring any omissions or mistakes to our attention and they will be duly attended to and corrected in future. If you are the copyright owner of any material and wish for it to be removed, please contact us immediately.

For all your little super spies, we have these great gifts in our shop. #ddaystory
17/05/2019

For all your little super spies, we have these great gifts in our shop. #ddaystory

Huge congratulations to our volunteer and D-Day veteran John Jenkins, who has won Individual Volunteer of the Year at th...
16/05/2019

Huge congratulations to our volunteer and D-Day veteran John Jenkins, who has won Individual Volunteer of the Year at the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards!

John said: "I'm very honoured to receive the award. I like coming to the museum and working there - what they do is very good because it's important to remember what happened on D-Day."

#MandHAwards: The competition for the Individual Volunteer of the Year Award in partnership with AIM was incredibly difficult to judge as always so this year we have joint Highly Commended Carl Clee 'Our Bee Man’ from National Museums Liverpool and Gordon Clitheroe from Pickering Beck Isle Museum

And winner is … John Jenkins from The D-Day Story, Portsmouth Museums “Bringing personal experience and history to life, this year’s winner has transformed the experience of countless visitors”

We love these reusable eco travel cups. Only £6.95 in The D-Day Story shop. #ddaystory
13/05/2019

We love these reusable eco travel cups. Only £6.95 in The D-Day Story shop. #ddaystory

Now available at The D-Day Story, Liberation Ale is brewed in Southwick from Southwick Barley and the American Hop 'Libe...
11/05/2019

Now available at The D-Day Story, Liberation Ale is brewed in Southwick from Southwick Barley and the American Hop 'Liberty'. This beer is light and spritzy with blackcurrant overtones. On sale for £2.95 a bottle. #ddaystory

Well done to Frank. who have been nominated for a PRCA award for the Soldier of Sacrifice campaign for The D-Day Story, ...
10/05/2019

Well done to Frank. who have been nominated for a PRCA award for the Soldier of Sacrifice campaign for The D-Day Story, that included the creation of the amazing sculpture by Alfie bradley sculptor

Would you like to be part of Portsmouth's commemorative events in June? Find out more about how you volunteer to be an a...
08/05/2019

Would you like to be part of Portsmouth's commemorative events in June? Find out more about how you volunteer to be an ambassador for the City. https://bit.ly/2GWVM7I

Our fantastic volunteers have been nominated for the Portsmouth Together Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2019! A big well don...
06/05/2019

Our fantastic volunteers have been nominated for the Portsmouth Together Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2019! A big well done to the team, we couldn't do it without you.

Today we were pleased to host this year's first performances of the play Five Beaches by students from Bay House School,...
05/05/2019

Today we were pleased to host this year's first performances of the play Five Beaches by students from Bay House School, Gosport. A thought-provoking look at the experiences of Allied troops on their way to the D-Day beaches which was well received by the audiences! Play written by Zella Compton.

Do you have a family member or friend, who took part  in D-Day or the Normandy Campaign in 1944?In this the 75th anniver...
18/04/2019

Do you have a family member or friend, who took part in D-Day or the Normandy Campaign in 1944?

In this the 75th anniversary year, there has never been a more poignant time to honour their selflessness and courage.

Why not remember them with a personal commemorative brick on the Normandy Memorial Wall.

Over the bank holiday weekend trustees of the D-Day Museum Trust will be at the Memorial Wall next to the D- Day Story, selling personalised commemorative bricks. Visit them from 11am until 3pm (approximately) Friday to Monday, over the Easter weekend or visit www.ddaytrust.co.uk

Proceeds go the keeping the memory of D-Day heroes and heroines alive and engaging with young people and our local communities.

Have some fun out of the rain today at our interactive family friendly Super Spies show! Shows at 11am and 2pm. Book tic...
16/04/2019

Have some fun out of the rain today at our interactive family friendly Super Spies show! Shows at 11am and 2pm. Book tickets in advance or at the museum https://bit.ly/2Uzzu5E

John Pounds community group are deciding designs for wartime posters created by awesome local artists 2 Sisters. The gro...
11/04/2019

John Pounds community group are deciding designs for wartime posters created by awesome local artists 2 Sisters. The group are taking part in our D-Day 75 community project, uncovering Portsmouth dockyard's D-Day heritage and sharing what they've found on 1940s style posters.

10/04/2019
D-Day 75

Would you like to be part of Portsmouth's commemorative events in June? Find out more about how you can be an ambassador for the City.

Calling all D Day 75 VOLUNTEERS!

Portsmouth, where much of the landing force sailed from in 1944, will be the focal point of the UK commemorations and will host the UK national event on 5 June.

Portsmouth City Council is also planning a series of events over five days to reflect the area's unique role in one of the largest and well-known military operations ever.

D-Day 75 Volunteers will be our local ambassadors of Portsmouth, they will inspire visitors to the city, providing up to date information as the events take place and guide the public to the events along the seafront.

Each and every volunteer is proud and passionate about their city, giving visitors a warm welcome and assistance to enjoy the event to maximum effect.

To join our team, we have the following roles available:

*Guides directing public at ferry ports, bus and train stations
*Supporting D-Day 75 event on Southsea Common and at the D-Day Stone
*Volunteer guides along the seafront to promote the D-Day events
*Volunteers on routes between transport links and Southsea Common

We are seeking volunteers on the 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 June, with four hour slots, 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm and 4pm-8pm.

To apply please contact Laura Weston on [email protected] by 23 May 2019.

#dday75 #dday #portsmouth

Palmerston Road looking good in the sunshine earlier this week; let's hope it clears up for the weekend.#southsea #ddays...
05/04/2019

Palmerston Road looking good in the sunshine earlier this week; let's hope it clears up for the weekend.
#southsea #ddaystory
Great banners too @BayMediaWW

03/04/2019
Frank.

Great to work with @WelcomeToFrank and @AlfieBradley1 on this. #SoldiersofSacrifice put us firmly on the map in time for #DDay75. If you haven’t seen the sculpture or the museum yet come and visit us soon!

To commemorate D-Day, Frank worked with renowned sculptor @Alfie bradley sculptor to create a soldier for The D-Day Story made of 4,144 bullets - One for every man that lost their their life on D-Day, modelled on Denham Brotheridge, the first soldier to be killed that day.

It's a year since The D-Day Story opened its doors after a £5m National Lottery Fund transformation. Telling the person...
30/03/2019

It's a year since The D-Day Story opened its doors after a £5m National Lottery Fund transformation. Telling the personal stories behind this epic event, it's well worth a visit. #theddaystory

If you are out and about in Portsmouth this weekend, come and see #SoldiersOfSacrifice at the museum. #theddaystory #dda...
29/03/2019

If you are out and about in Portsmouth this weekend, come and see #SoldiersOfSacrifice at the museum. #theddaystory #dday75

Last chance to buy The D-Day Story Craft Brown Ale - we only have limited stocks remaining so be quick!  £3.95 each or ...
25/03/2019

Last chance to buy The D-Day Story Craft Brown Ale - we only have limited stocks remaining so be quick! £3.95 each or 2 for £6.50. #theddaystory

What a lovely surprise to see #DDay veteran Arthur Bailey at #TheDDayStory who came to visit the #SoldiersOfSacrifice sc...
11/03/2019

What a lovely surprise to see #DDay veteran Arthur Bailey at #TheDDayStory who came to visit the #SoldiersOfSacrifice sculpture, now on display here at the museum in Portsmouth.

Thank you @brittanyferries for helping to transport 'Den' back to @Pegasus_Bridge on the final day of the #SoldiersOfSac...
10/03/2019

Thank you @brittanyferries for helping to transport 'Den' back to @Pegasus_Bridge on the final day of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour. #TheDDayStory

Arrived early this morning @pegasus_bridge on Day 7 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour, to pay tribute to 'Den' who was ki...
10/03/2019

Arrived early this morning @pegasus_bridge on Day 7 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour, to pay tribute to 'Den' who was killed there on 6th June 1944 #DDay75

Beautiful morning at South Parade Pier, Portsmouth on day 6 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour - 'Den' will be heading ove...
09/03/2019

Beautiful morning at South Parade Pier, Portsmouth on day 6 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour - 'Den' will be heading over the channel this evening to Musée de Pegasus Bridge & Batterie de Merville before returning to #TheDDayStory next week.

Day 5 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour saw our sculpture outside the Mansion House @BletchleyPark1, home of the WWII cod...
08/03/2019

Day 5 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour saw our sculpture outside the Mansion House @BletchleyPark1, home of the WWII code breakers who were integral to the success of the #DDay landings #TheDDayStory

We love this image of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice sculpture underneath the clock at Waterloo Station. It will be on display...
07/03/2019

We love this image of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice sculpture underneath the clock at Waterloo Station. It will be on display until 7pm tonight. #TheDDayStory

Day 3 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour wrapped @AVFCOfficial and it was great to teach local school children about #DDay...
06/03/2019

Day 3 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour wrapped @AVFCOfficial and it was great to teach local school children about #DDay
#DDay75

Day 2 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour at Liverpool Parish Church included a visit from the First Sea Lord Admiral Phili...
05/03/2019

Day 2 of the #SoldiersOfSacrifice tour at Liverpool Parish Church included a visit from the First Sea Lord Admiral Philip Jones #TheDDayStory

Come and see us tomorrow at Liverpool Parish Chruch for day two of the #SoldierOfSacrifice UK tour #DDay75
04/03/2019

Come and see us tomorrow at Liverpool Parish Chruch for day two of the #SoldierOfSacrifice UK tour #DDay75

Portsmouth
04/03/2019

Portsmouth

#SoldiersofSacrifice was officially unveiled on BBC Breakfast this morning. The sculpture, by Alfie Bradley, serves as a poignant tribute to the 4,414 Allied servicemen who lost their lives on D-Day.
It's on display at Media City today and will then embark on a tour of the UK and Normandy, before reaching its final destination, The D-Day Story.

Did you see us live on @BBCBreakfast this morning? We unveiled the  #SoldiersOfSacrifice sculpture in commemoration of #...
04/03/2019

Did you see us live on @BBCBreakfast this morning? We unveiled the #SoldiersOfSacrifice sculpture in commemoration of #DDAY75 #TheDDayStory

We were hoping that we would win at least one of the categories we were nominated for. Absolutely delighted that we won ...
01/03/2019

We were hoping that we would win at least one of the categories we were nominated for. Absolutely delighted that we won both categories - Best Guide Book and Best Children's product! #AceBestProducts #theddaystory

Gustav the pigeon has arrived safely in Brighton for the #ACEBestProducts awards. We are excited to be nominated in two ...
28/02/2019

Gustav the pigeon has arrived safely in Brighton for the #ACEBestProducts awards. We are excited to be nominated in two categories with our Souvenir guide and Gustav both short-listed. #theddaystory

Yesterday The D-Day Young Shapers had an amazing opportunity to visit U.S. Embassy London for a special screening of the...
27/02/2019

Yesterday The D-Day Young Shapers had an amazing opportunity to visit U.S. Embassy London for a special screening of the film 'A distant shore - African Americans of D-Day'. This fascinating film tells of the often overlooked contribution of African American soldiers on D-Day.

The eye opening visit was organised by our project partners Unloc .The D-Day Young Shapers are a group of 25 young people who are organising events for us at the museum and this visit provided them with valuable historical research. The first Young Shapers event will be held on 1st June, keep an eye on social media for more details.

Our friends at Portsmouth Libraries have a fantastic programme for Bookfest in 2019, including this talk by author Giles...
26/02/2019

Our friends at Portsmouth Libraries have a fantastic programme for Bookfest in 2019, including this talk by author Giles Milton on 6th March!

Author Giles Milton (Writer) will be at Official Portsmouth libraries on 6 March as part of Portsmouth Bookfest to talk about his new book 'D-Day: The Soldier's Story'.

Giles Milton's bold new history narrates the day's events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht's bunkers, D-Day: The Soldiers' Story lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those hitherto unheard - the French butcher's daughter, the Panzer Commander's wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff.

For tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-bookfest-2019-tickets-53690758504#tickets

A very successful Airfix Extravaganza today! Lots of great models made by our visitors. Thank you to Surface Warship Ass...
21/02/2019

A very successful Airfix Extravaganza today! Lots of great models made by our visitors. Thank you to Surface Warship Association who joined us to display their hand built ship models, and of course Airfix!

The D-Day Young Shapers are hard at work planning a family event at the museum on 1st June. It'll be a fun packed day fo...
20/02/2019

The D-Day Young Shapers are hard at work planning a family event at the museum on 1st June. It'll be a fun packed day for families, designed by young people. Thanks to @unlocuk for working with us on this project.

Have fun making Airfix at The D-Day Story this half term. Pop in any time between 10am and 4pm on 21st February. https:/...
17/02/2019

Have fun making Airfix at The D-Day Story this half term. Pop in any time between 10am and 4pm on 21st February. https://bit.ly/2BEUFYK

Calling all teachers! We are hosting the Portsmouth Cultural Expo on 18th March from 4pm to 6pm. The Portsmouth Cultural...
15/02/2019
Portsmouth Teachers' Cultural Expo 2019

Calling all teachers! We are hosting the Portsmouth Cultural Expo on 18th March from 4pm to 6pm.

The Portsmouth Cultural Expo is an opportunity for teachers to meet and have conversations with cultural organisations from across the city who are part of the Cultural Education Partnership. Come and have a cuppa and cake, speak to cultural education specialists and discuss what we can do for you to enhance your teaching. Book your free ticket here: https://bit.ly/2EbX9iE

Portsmouth Teachers You are invited to our Cultural Expo at The D-Day Story on Monday 18 March from 4 to 6pm. The Portsmouth Cultural Expo is an opportunity for teachers to meet and have conversations with cultural organisations from across the city who are part of the Cultural Education Partnership...

Gustav the pigeon and The D-Day Story Guide Book have both been short-listed for the Ace Best Products Awards. Wish us l...
05/02/2019

Gustav the pigeon and The D-Day Story Guide Book have both been short-listed for the Ace Best Products Awards. Wish us luck for the 28 February! #AceBestProducts #theddaystory

We are proud to be selling this book in The D-Day Story and Portsmouth Museum shops. We are looking forward to seeing th...
04/02/2019

We are proud to be selling this book in The D-Day Story and Portsmouth Museum shops. We are looking forward to seeing the exhibition starting 1 June at Portsmouth Museum.

We are very excited at being nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award! https://europeanforum.museum/annual-co...
03/02/2019
Nominations 2019 — Annual conference — The European Museum of the Year Award

We are very excited at being nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award! https://europeanforum.museum/annual-conference/nominations-2019/

The applying museum can be EITHER a new museum first opened to the public in the past three years, OR it can be an established museum that has completed a substantial programme of modernisation, extension, reorganisation or re-interpretation during the past three years.

We're loving this beautiful Wartime Scrapbook that is now on sale at The D-Day Story shop #ddaystory
01/02/2019

We're loving this beautiful Wartime Scrapbook that is now on sale at The D-Day Story shop #ddaystory

We have been creating a workshop for secondary schools visiting the museum with help from @PrioryOfficial who came along...
30/01/2019

We have been creating a workshop for secondary schools visiting the museum with help from @PrioryOfficial who came along today to take part in first trial session!

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Clarence Esplanade
Portsmouth
PO5 3NT

By Road: Portsmouth enjoys good road connections, the A3(M) puts London only 1.5 hours away and the M27/A27 connects the city with the motorway network. On entering the city, look for the brown tourist signs for the Seafront to find your way to the D-Day Story. By Rail: Please call (08457) 484950 or visit the National Rail website at www.nationalrail.co.uk. The museum is a similar distance from both Portsmouth and Southsea, and Portsmouth Harbour train stations. By Bus. The museum is a 5 minute walk from the bus stops situated at Palmerston Road. Regular services are provided by two main bus companies to all parts of the city and surrounding area. Visit: www.stagecoachbus.com/south and www.firstbus.com for more information on the services provided. Visit www.visitportsmouth.co.uk for further information on visiting the city of Portsmouth, including events and accomodation.

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Told through the personal accounts of people who were there and brought to life through stunning audio-visual presentations alongside iconic objects from the museum’s collection; this is the story of D-Day. For more information visit www.theddaystory.com

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