Portsmouth D-Day Museum - SPOT207

Portsmouth D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Great Britain
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Liberation Route Europe

Portsmouth D-Day Museum

Opened in June 1984 the D-Day Museum is dedicated to commemorating the events of the campaign to liberate Europe from the German forces. Home to the ‘Overlord Embroidery’ - a tapestry depicting events from D-Day - the museum features displays and original artefacts from that most significant of events of the Second World War.

The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, England, is the only museum solely dedicated to remembering the events on 6 June 1944, when a taskforce was sent across the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy, France. Opened in 1984 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the museum continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

Displays located around the museum feature a range of artefacts both specific to D-Day and to the wider wartime period. In addition the museum is home to the ‘Overlord Embroidery’, an 83 metre (272 feet) long tapestry depicting significant events from the campaign. The tapestry, which took five years to complete, was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford and designed by artist Sandra Lawrence. The tapestry is the centrepiece of the museum. While visitors make their way around the Embroidery Gallery they can listen to an accompanying audio commentary that describes the sacrifices made by those who participated in Operation Overlord. The Embroidery Gallery is also home to an audio-visual theatre in which archive film footage, images, wartime music and participants’ recollections are played.

The museum holds a vast array of artefacts in adjacent galleries, including personal memorabilia, maps, service personnel’s uniforms and military vehicles. These include reconstructions of the Map Room at Southwick House, troops hiding out in their forest camp and a reconstruction of the allied landings on the beaches of Normandy. The museum is also home to a genuine landing craft, a Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank, and a Horsa glider that landed in Normandy.

Opening hours For more information and the opening hours please visit: http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/

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Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Great Britain +4423 9282 6722 http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/

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