Working with the community

Transforming the D-Day Museum

We have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will allow us to embark on an ambitious range of events and activities designed to engage new audiences with the story of D-Day.

This includes three internships to enable young people to gain employment, skills and experience. Young people will also help us shape the new Museum by offering their opinions and advice on our plans.

We are developing an exciting new events programme to attract new visitors. Welcoming visitors with disabilities to the Museum is particularly important to us and we are working with local groups to ensure we take their needs into account.

We will work with the local community to help them explore D-Day in their local area and involve them with our plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the event in 2019.

Our Pop Up Museum will be out and about in Portsmouth during 2017, if you are interested in volunteering to help please click here.

D-Day Museum pop up museum

The work we doing now builds on successful community projects we have carried out in the past. A selection of these are below.

Working with young people

The D-Day Museum's Youth Advisory Board (known as 'Blackout44') was active during 2013-2014. Young people from Portsmouth met weekly to work on a range of projects. This included creating a documentary film that was shown to the public at No.6 Cinema at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The group also worked on a drama project which can be seen here.

It was funded through a grant of £90,000 from Arts Council England and delivered in partnership with Pompey in the Community.

D-Day Museum Youth Advisory Board in Normandy

Working with community groups

In 2014 we worked with 6 local community groups that were interested in commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. We helped them create a range of exhibitions, oral history films and D-Day related publications.

Our partners were:

Buriton Heritage Bank
Bishops Waltham Museum
Portchester Community Association
Friends of Droxford Church
Southwick D-Day Group

The project included an archaeological survey of D-Day troop camps near Portsmouth.

The work was facilitated by a grant of £91,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

D-Day Museum Southwick Archaeology Project