The D-Day Story, the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion of June 1944, opens on Friday 30th March following a £5million transformation, bringing the D-Day Museum and the stories and legacies it contained into the next generation.
The museum contains many exhibits not previously displayed to the public, featured in refurbished galleries showcasing the words and perspectives of those involved — from both a military and a civilian viewpoint.
There will also be spaces for learning, events, and interactive displays.
Actors from Groundlings Theatre will be spotted aboard the ferry to the Isle of Wight and around the Hard Interchange and Portsmouth Harbour Station, playing soldiers returned from war. Also keep an eye out for vintage vehicles driving around Southsea Common to evoke the 1940s feel.
The D-Day Story is full of personal stories of courage and determination, comradeship and sacrifice, secrecy and deception, innovation and tactics. It is a story in which ordinary people worked together to achieve an extraordinary outcome.
The D-Day Story transformation has been enabled in part by a Heritage Lottery grant.
Find out more at theddaystory.com.