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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We're glad to have the tanks back and on board Landing Craft Tank 7074. The city is full of stories to uncover, especial...
18/09/2020

We're glad to have the tanks back and on board Landing Craft Tank 7074. The city is full of stories to uncover, especially during Heritage Open Days. Find more in our new map by artist Becky Vincer. Visit https://bit.ly/34kD1sj

The map was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and created in partnership with National Museum of the Royal Navy

#PortsmouthHODS #Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a city with a story in every corner. Discover your area's past as part of Portsmouth Heritage Open Days in...
16/09/2020

Portsmouth is a city with a story in every corner. Discover your area's past as part of Portsmouth Heritage Open Days in an illustrated community story map by artist Becky Vincer funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with National Museum of the Royal Navy

Visit https://bit.ly/2YYplja to find out more.

#PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays

LIVE STREAM TODAY ON OUR PAGETake part in a free live-streamed virtual exploration of the Overlord Embroidery presented ...
15/09/2020
Stitching D-Day — Museum Shops

LIVE STREAM TODAY ON OUR PAGE

Take part in a free live-streamed virtual exploration of the Overlord Embroidery presented by Tracy Teasdale, Learning Officer with Portsmouth Museums and author of the new guidebook for the embroidery.

The embroidery guidebook is available in the online shop - https://museumshops.uk/product/stitching-d-day/

The Overlord Embroidery tells the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 34 extraordinary panels with a total length of 83 metres. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, it was hand-stitched by the Royal School of Needlework. It was commissioned by Lord Dulverton to commemorate D-Day and is on permanent display at the museum.

To take part, visit our The D-Day Story at 6pm on 18 September 2020. No need to book.

For more information on the embroidery visit https://theddaystory.com/discover/overlord-embroidery/

The embroidery guidebook is available in the online shop - https://museumshops.uk/product/stitching-d-day/

The story of the Overlord Embroidery.

Tanks in Fratton? There are plenty of Portsmouth stories to explore as part of Portsmouth Heritage Open Days. Find out m...
14/09/2020

Tanks in Fratton? There are plenty of Portsmouth stories to explore as part of Portsmouth Heritage Open Days.

Find out more about the illustrated community story map by artist Becky Vincer, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with National Museum of the Royal Navy http://ow.ly/5ADg50BhRHx

#Portsmouth #PortsmouthHODs

Did you know you can buy tickets on the door on the day that you visit us? You can also book online in advance and save ...
13/09/2020

Did you know you can buy tickets on the door on the day that you visit us? You can also book online in advance and save 10%. To find out more visit https://bit.ly/3gZY5H3

Recent visitors have said:
"Social distancing measures worked well and the staff were friendly and helpful."

"Friendly staff, nice cafe, good social distancing measures in place and plenty of hand sanitiser everywhere."

We hope to see you soon!

#WeAreOpen #GoodToGo #Museum #Portsmouth #Southsea

What's your D-Day Story? #PompeyHODs Albert remembers hearing when fixing ships on the site of @NatMuseumRN illustrated ...
12/09/2020

What's your D-Day Story? #PompeyHODs Albert remembers hearing when fixing ships on the site of @NatMuseumRN illustrated by artist @BeckyVincer. Find out more http://ow.ly/fdwC50B5sv4 funded by @HeritageFundUK

Meet Bryan, Landing Ship Tank Veteran, today we will be sharing his answers to our questions on board Landing Craft Tank...
11/09/2020

Meet Bryan, Landing Ship Tank Veteran, today we will be sharing his answers to our questions on board Landing Craft Tank when it was being restored by National Museum of the Royal Navy

See him talk about what surprised him about being back on board an LCT, and what an 'LST' is https://bit.ly/3bzQhLb

National Lottery Heritage Fund #LCT7074

Want to know more about the people and the stories associated with D-Day in Portsmouth?This summer, we worked with artis...
09/09/2020

Want to know more about the people and the stories associated with D-Day in Portsmouth?

This summer, we worked with artist Becky Vincer and Portsmouth Healthy Walks to create a community story map, featuring designs, doodles and photographs shared by people in Portsmouth about our local history.

See it here: http://ow.ly/tITM50BlHs8 Join us next week for our Heritage Open Day Facebook tour of the Overlord embroidery, telling the story of D-Day in 34 panels of embroidery.

#PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays Portsmouth City Council

Meet Walter, LCT Veteran. Today we will be sharing his answers to questions on board Landing Craft Tank 7074 during its ...
09/09/2020

Meet Walter, LCT Veteran. Today we will be sharing his answers to questions on board Landing Craft Tank 7074 during its restoration by National Museum of the Royal Navy.

See him talking about the problems ships would face in bad weather, what crew would have on board and what the engine room was like https://bit.ly/332giPz

#LCT7074 National Lottery Heritage Fund

Meet Harry, D-Day Veteran, today we will be sharing his questions answered on board Landing Craft Tank 7074 while it was...
08/09/2020

Meet Harry, D-Day Veteran, today we will be sharing his questions answered on board Landing Craft Tank 7074 while it was being restored. Find out what LCTs would have carried and what is what like to serve on board one https://bit.ly/3lXMThZ

#LCT7074 National Lottery Heritage Fund National Museum of the Royal Navy

We are proud to be part of Portsmouth City Council's programme of Heritage Open Days! Discover our virtual tour of the O...
07/09/2020

We are proud to be part of Portsmouth City Council's programme of Heritage Open Days! Discover our virtual tour of the Overlord Embroidery on 18 September and see the full programme at https://bit.ly/3jR9N8U

Can't make it? Don't worry. You will be able to catch up and watch it on Facebook after the event.

#PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays #HOD2020 #HeritageOpenDays2020

Want to know more about the hidden history of Portsmouth? On Friday, we're launching a series of virtual tours of some of the most interesting historical places in our city.

We’ll be exploring Portsmouth City Museum art gallery, Portsmouth Historic Environment Record's archaeology collection, The D-Day Story's overlord embroidery, The Hotwalls Studios, The Lord Mayor (Rob Wood - Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's) Parlour and more, as part of Heritage Open Days 2020.

Visit our Events pages for more information and timings https://www.facebook.com/pg/Portsmouthcitycouncil/events

Can you find Wally in our collections? We’re part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search from Kids in Museu...
07/09/2020

Can you find Wally in our collections? We’re part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search from Kids in Museums and Walker Books Join us from 24 October to 1 November and get searching!

#WallySpookyMuseumSearch #OctoberHalfTerm #Portsmouth #Southsea

Over the next week we will be sharing questions answered by Veterans who visited Landing Craft Tank 7074 during its rest...
06/09/2020

Over the next week we will be sharing questions answered by Veterans who visited Landing Craft Tank 7074 during its restoration back in October 2019. Keep an eye out for the posts!

The project was funded by National Museum of the Royal Navy funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund #LCT7074

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Lady Mayoress had a sneak peek of Landing Craft Tank 7074.They visited the closed site ...
05/09/2020

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Lady Mayoress had a sneak peek of Landing Craft Tank 7074.

They visited the closed site of the landing craft as the final construction to safely secure the ship in place was underway, to discover how the ship was restored and how its story will be told to visitors.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Rob Wood, said: "This is a piece of history that will not only enhance the visitor experience at The D-Day Story, but inform and inspire so many children and young people to learn more about such an important part of Portsmouth, and the country's, history."

Rob Wood - Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Portsmouth City Council National Museum of the Royal Navy #LordMayorOfPortsmouth #Portsmouth #Southsea

Next week as part of Heritage Open Days we will be launching our brand new story map made by people in Portsmouth and ar...
04/09/2020

Next week as part of Heritage Open Days we will be launching our brand new story map made by people in Portsmouth and artist Becky Vincer. Find out more https://bit.ly/2F2DpAW

Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with National Museum of the Royal Navy #PompeyHODs #Portsmouth

Why not be like Andie's family and have a go at making a model Landing Craft Tank? Post your creations and tag us!#LCT70...
29/08/2020

Why not be like Andie's family and have a go at making a model Landing Craft Tank? Post your creations and tag us!

#LCT7074 #DDay #Crafts #Models

The Sherman Grizzly and Churchill Crocodile are now in place on Landing Craft Tank 7074. Here are some shots of them wai...
28/08/2020

The Sherman Grizzly and Churchill Crocodile are now in place on Landing Craft Tank 7074. Here are some shots of them waiting to be craned into position

#LCT7074 #DDay National Museum of the Royal Navy The Tank Museum

#DidYouKnow This picture is not actually LCT 7074, it has been altered to carry the ship's number. Finding a photo of LC...
28/08/2020

#DidYouKnow This picture is not actually LCT 7074, it has been altered to carry the ship's number. Finding a photo of LCT 7074 is very difficult as over 800 were built in secret for D-Day. #FunFactFriday #LCT7074 #LandingCraftTank #DDay Photo: National Museum of the Royal Navy

27/08/2020

The tanks that used to live outside The D-Day Story are being moved to their new home on Landing Craft Tank 7074. This is the Churchill Crocodile, a flamethrower tank.

#LCT7074 #DDay #Tanks

#DidYouKnow After LCT 7074 was salvaged the team removed fifty tons of silt, ten tons of mussels and other marine growth...
26/08/2020

#DidYouKnow After LCT 7074 was salvaged the team removed fifty tons of silt, ten tons of mussels and other marine growth, and thirty tons of water from the ship.

#FunFact #LCT7074 #LandingCraftTank #DDay
Photo: National Museum of the Royal Navy

Landing Craft Tank 7074 moves down the seafront yesterday with two Portsmouth icons in the background. We're really look...
25/08/2020

Landing Craft Tank 7074 moves down the seafront yesterday with two Portsmouth icons in the background. We're really looking forward to welcoming you on board later in the year.

National Museum of the Royal Navy #LCT7074 #DDay #DDayVeteran #DDayIcon

#DidYouKnow LCT7074 only took three months to build at Hawthorn Leslie’s shipyard on the River Tyne. #FunFact #LCT7074 #...
25/08/2020

#DidYouKnow LCT7074 only took three months to build at Hawthorn Leslie’s shipyard on the River Tyne.

#FunFact #LCT7074 #LandingCraftTank #DDay

24/08/2020

What was it like being part of the crew of a Landing Craft Tank (LCT) at the time of D-Day? #LCT7074

Landing Craft Tank 7074 has been successfully transported by road to The D-Day Story.We have worked in partnership with ...
24/08/2020

Landing Craft Tank 7074 has been successfully transported by road to The D-Day Story.

We have worked in partnership with National Museum of the Royal Navy to bring this unique survivor to the museum. Visitors will be able to go on board and explore this amazing ship when it opens to the public later in the year.

The project has been made possible by a grant from the The National Lottery

#LCT7074 #DDay #Portsmouth

Have a go at making a landing craft at home! We'd love to see photos of your creations. Instruction sheets created by lo...
24/08/2020

Have a go at making a landing craft at home! We'd love to see photos of your creations.

Instruction sheets created by local artist @winniemmay

#LCT7074 #LCT7074Move #DDay #DDayVeteran

24/08/2020
Landing Craft Tank 7074

Landing Craft Tank 7074 makes slow but steady progress from the barge to the road. National Museum of the Royal Navy The National Lottery Portsmouth City Council #DDay #LCT7074

Sorry folks, there will be a pause in the live stream. Starting up again as soon as we can.
24/08/2020

Sorry folks, there will be a pause in the live stream. Starting up again as soon as we can.

24/08/2020

LCT 7074 comes ashore on the way to its new home at our museum. #LCT7074 @TheNationalLotteryUK @NatMuseumRN

Landing Craft Tank is here! We'll be Facebook Live as soon as the move begins, watch this space... #LCT7074
24/08/2020

Landing Craft Tank is here! We'll be Facebook Live as soon as the move begins, watch this space... #LCT7074

24/08/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

Great footage of Landing Craft Tank 7074 travelling to Southsea, ready to make the trip to The D-Day Story!

Take a look at the video below which shows LCT 7074’s incredible journey from Portsmouth Naval Base to Southsea.

This ambitious move saw the last surviving Landing Craft Tank from D-Day take to the sea one last time in order to move to her new home outside The D-Day Story.

23/08/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

Landing Craft Tank 7074 move to The D-Day Story has been delayed because of bad weather conditions. Here's the latest news from our partners at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

As some of you may have seen we attempted to move D-Day hero LCT 7074 to her new home outside The D-Day Story early this morning.

However just like D-Day this historic move had to be delayed due to the weather conditions.

In the small hours, LCT was moved out of Portsmouth Naval Base and floated towards Southsea, but the tug boats that accompanied her were unable to safely manoeuvre her into position to gently dock on the beach due to the high winds.

We will now be closely watching the weather and will attempt to move LCT again over the next 48 hours, so make sure to check back soon.

Take a look at the video below which shows LCT’s journey before it was aborted.

We are very proud to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award! We've consistently received great travel...
21/08/2020

We are very proud to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award! We've consistently received great traveller feedback, putting us in the top 10% of attractions on the site. To find out why our customers think you should visit us, go to: https://bit.ly/2FLa7HD

#Tripadvisor #TravellersChoice #TravellersChoice2020 #Award

Today is the 75th anniversary of VJ day. For some soldiers the war in Europe and the Far East were very closely linked. ...
15/08/2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of VJ day. For some soldiers the war in Europe and the Far East were very closely linked. Sergeant Eric Cummings was evacuated safely from Dunkirk. He returned to the UK where he became an Officer and went on to serve in Burma. In the 1970s he came to live in Portsmouth.

#VJDay #VJDay2020 #VJDay75 #Remembrance #Portsmouth #Southsea

Help the Royal British Legion tell the forgotten history of those who served in the Far East.
11/08/2020

Help the Royal British Legion tell the forgotten history of those who served in the Far East.

We need you to help us ensure the contribution of those who served in the Far East is not forgotten. To mark VJ Day 75 on 15 August 2020 join us in remembering and recognising the contribution of British and Commonwealth forces who helped bring about the end of WW2. Visit our website and share your story or message of thanks on our interactive map and uncover the untold stories of VJ Day. ➡️ https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/vj-day/vj-day-map

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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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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

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. 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.

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Had the privileged of returning to this Museum on 3/12/2019, after the refit and refurb. Oh boy! What a difference. A completely fresh and engaging museum, telling the compelling story of the D-Day landings. What a difference to 3 years ago. I would recommend this to all as a brilliant day out.
Remembering D-Day today. Dad was a Radar operator in the RAF, and part of the Combined Operations force. He worked on one of the three radar ships which were stationed off the American landing beaches and they also carried US troops to the beach head. I read again his reminiscences of the days and hours leading up to the 'big event'. I think that they are worth sharing: "We sailed in a convoy leaving at 16.00. We sailed past Hell Fire Corner at about midnight (this is what the Straits of Dover were called during the war), eventually reaching and anchoring off Cowes at tea time. It was from here we did more exercises before returning on June 3rd when the ship was sealed – that meant that no one was allowed on or off the ship. I forgot to mention that we took on board some 100 American Troops and Officers plus the American War Correspondent of ‘The American Readers Digest’, a certain Frederick C. Patten. It was obvious from the hundreds of ships of all kinds and sizes surrounding us that something big was about to happen and quite soon. On 4th June 1944 watches were made up for 24 hour shifts, maps were issued for our plotting boards – ours was somewhere east of Cherbourg. The weather declined very badly and a near gale was blowing, but we survived, leaving anchor that day. On Monday 5th June the whole of the ships personnel assembled to hear our RN Skipper read to all of us a special letter from General Eisenhower about the great sea invasion we were about to take part in to liberate Europe. We eventually sailed about 13.00 hours, surrounded by an enormous armada of assault crafts of all sizes, destroyers, frigates and battleships. It was a wonderful spectacle. We rendez-voused at Piccadilly Circus, which was a point in mid-Channel, south of the Isle of Wight, when we were joined by ships from the east and from the west. We manned up the Operations Room at 04.00 whilst we were still sailing towards the French coast. At 07.15, after arriving off the American Beachhead, we said farewell to the American soldiers we had aboard. To this day, I often wonder how many of them ever got back home, because the Americans really ran into serious problems, and their casualties were enormous. We pulled back from the coast to enable our Radar gear to function properly. We remained off Normandy until the beginning of July. We engaged enemy aircraft with our night fighters on many occasions – quite successfully too. I forget the number of planes shot down by fighters being controlled by us, but I know it reached double figures. All three FTDs had many successes, so much so that one night six JU80s attacked each of our three ships with torpedoes. Fortunately for all of us being so shallow drafted, we survived with the torpedoes literally passing under our ships. Unfortunately, FTD 216 hit a mine one night and sank. Fortunately, there were very few fatal casualties. She did sink, but most survived". Sadly, Dad died a few years ago and could not share in today's memorial events. I wish he could have joined those proud veterans still alive. ❤️😢👏🙏🇬🇧🇺🇸🇫🇷
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Dan Sharp, author of D-Day Overlord: The Great Invasion and The Battle for Normandy – 75th Anniversary, outlines five things you probably didn’t know about the D-Day landings.
Logbook from Hinshelwoods logbook who was a rear gunner on Halifax aircraft on the night before and on D-Day and went on to complete 37 tours
Just to let you know about the Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight at the National Memorial Arboretum well ahead of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day 6th June 1944.
Congratulations on your nomination for European Museum of the Year, but why isn`t it posted on this page?
Hope this is ok to post here - please delete if not appropriate. I would like to offer a great opportunity for someone/company to sponsor two major galleries/exhibitions involving many WWII Veterans from this page - very flexible and open to offers - great publicity in Scotland & England. Get in touch if interested - thank you.