D-Day 75 community project

Are you a local group with an interest in history?

Would you like to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019?

The D-Day Story is looking for community groups in or around Portsmouth that would like to research their area’s link to the 1944 D-Day landings.

What is the project and why should we take part?

This is a great opportunity for your group to receive funding and expertise from The D-Day Story and be part of the wider commemorative events connected to the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The D-Day Story will help with the cost of researching your topic and sharing the results with the wider community. For example, we could fund the creation of a booklet, display or even interpretive dance! We may be able to help with the cost of receiving training or working with experts. We can also provide you with access to our archives to help with primary research.

We have received funding from National Lottery players to carry out this project.

Ideas for research topics

Subjects could include:

  • War industries e.g. ship building, or weapons and equipment manufacture.
  • Other links to the preparations for D-Day, e.g. training areas or sites used for constructing the Mulberry Harbours.
  • Areas near the coast where troops were camped while they were waiting to depart for Normandy.
  • Locations where troops embarked onto ships and landing craft that took them to Normandy, for D-Day and after.
  • Airfields and naval bases involved in the Normandy campaign.

This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome your ideas too.

We are looking for projects that:

  • Are based on the story of D-Day in the local area.
  • Involve using primary sources to carry out research.
  • Include a plan to share your findings with the wider world. For example (but not limited to) a booklet, display, video, website, drama performance or event.

Interested groups should be based within Portsmouth or 30 miles of the city.

We are able to support 6 groups in total. We particularly welcome applications from groups that have not carried out this kind of research before and groups that have members with disabilities. The closing date to apply is 31st October 2018.

We would anticipate that you’d are looking to complete the project in Summer 2019.

How do we apply?

Please submit a project plan of no more than two A4 pages. It should include:

  • An introduction to your community group
  • The topic you would like to study
  • How you plan to share your findings with the wider world

Please send your plan to Felicity Wood, Public Participation Officer at The D-Day Story. Email: felicity.wood@portsmouthcc .gov.uk. Please call 02392 834898 if you have any questions or would like to discuss your project ideas.

Applications will be scored on:

  • Your project’s relevance to D-Day and The Battle of Normandy
  • Your project’s relevance to Portsmouth or the surrounding area
  • How you plan to use primary sources to carry out your research
  • The creativity of your plan to share your findings with other people