The D-Day Museum is here to inform people about D-Day and the events surrounding it. The D-Day Museum is home to the Overlord Embroidery and was specially built to hold the embroidery. The Overlord Embroidery took 5 years to complete and measures 272 feet and is the largest work of its kind in the world.
In March 2018 the museum underwent a major refurbishment. This was completed prior to the national commemorations held in Portsmouth in 2019 to mark D-Day 75. The museum also changed its name to The D-Day Story in March 2018. The museum includes a number of short video presentations, interactive touch screen activities and many exhibits charting the lead up to D-Day and D-Day itself. The museum includes a number of personal accounts from people who were a part of D-Day.
As well as the films and embroidery there are also vehicles and displays of other material associated with D-Day and the war. In 1984 the D-Day Museum was opened by H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and was extended in 1994 to accommodate the Dulverton Wing which provided a multi-purpose space that could be used for lectures, exhibitions or for school use. Then in the summer of 2019 a major refurbishment was completed to coincide with D-Day 75.
The museum has its own shop and restaurant to cater for everyone. Portsmouth hosted the D-Day 50 Commemorations and the commemorations were transmitted to the world. For more details about this take a look at the D-Day 50 page.
The museum displays take you through the build-up to D-Day using personal stories, original objects, documents and photographs. The culmination of the museum includes a landing craft, an amphibious DUKW and a Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle. The final section "Portsmouth Memories" feature recorded reminiscences of local people who experience life on the Home Front or who took part in D-Day.
The d-day museum was re-opened in 2018 after 5m revamp which took a year to complete. The D-Day story still includes the Overlord Embroidery but also includes objects that have never been on public display before in a whole new setting.
Portsmouth also hosted D-Day 65 events both inside and outside the museum, for more details about these please see the D-Day 65 page.
A question that has been asked on a number of occasions is what does the "D" in d-day stand for. The following links will hopefully answer this question.
This link provides a number of aerial photographs that were taken on the morning of 6th June 1944, these can either be viewed interactively or purchased as posters.
The D-Day Museumís website can be found here.
Portsmouth's World War Two Heroes is a book by James Daly which delves into the personal stories of the men and women of Portsmouth who died during World War Two. Click here for more details about this book