The D-Day Story, formerly the Portsmouth D-Day Museum, will open in time for Easter following a £5m Heritage Lottery Fund transformation ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.
It is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion on 6 June 1944 when the greatest armada in history, with soldiers, sailors and airmen from 13 different countries, launched against the shores of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from German occupation.
The museum contains many exhibits not previously displayed to the public, in refurbished galleries which feature 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.
The transformed museum maximises the impact of its collection, to ensure that this important chapter in history is retold in a way that continues to inspire generations to come.
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, exemplifying ‘the epic made personal — the personal made epic’.