Community Story Map

The D-Day Story is working with artist Becky Vincer to create a community story map connecting people and local stories about D-Day and Portsmouth. We need your help!

The story map will feature your designs, doodles and photographs.

You don’t have to ‘be good at art’ to take part, this is open to everyone of all ages and abilities – choose to work with whatever materials you have at home.

You can complete one of the activities or do them all, we’re excited to see what you create.

To join in you can:

  • Print out the creative pack and draw/paint/glue directly on it
  • Draw, paint or glue your design on a blank piece of paper
  • Or work digitally on your computer, tablet or phone

Most importantly, to be part of the community story map share your artwork with us on Facebook or Twitter, tagging @TheDDayStory and use #DDayStory.

Or, you can share images with us using the short online form found here:

We’re also collecting stories – share your D-Day story with us using the form link above.

Activities

1. Following in footsteps

People in Portsmouth said before D-Day “We knew something was happening”. On the morning of 5 June 1944 soldiers walked down through Portsmouth to board ships to go to France. They would have walked the streets you walk today to get to Clarence Pier, South Parade Pier and the hard. Draw around your foot and decorate it for the map.
Your foot might be used to mark the walking route on the map.

2. Setting sail

As the ships set sail from Portsmouth and the south coast of England the men on board would have waved goodbye not knowing when they would be home. They may have had favourite landmarks in Portsmouth.  Draw your favourite landmark in Portsmouth.

3. Landing Craft Tank 7074

It was not just men who travelled to D-Day, ships also carried tanks and supplies. Ships were specially made for D-Day, including Landing Craft Tanks which could carry up to ten tanks. Landing Craft Tank 7074, the last surviving ship of its kind from D-Day will be next to The D-Day Story later this year. The two tanks once outside the museum will be on board the ship. Can you draw a tank in this space?

4. Camouflage

When landing in France for D-Day, soldiers had to do their best to merge in to the background. Often they would use patterns to cause confusion, this is called camouflage. Can you fill this space with a pattern?
Remember sailors, soldiers and airmen had to travel by land, sea and air to liberate Europe. Your pattern could be used to show the sea/sand/roads/grass/paths on the map we are creating.

5. Telling the D-Day Story

The D-Day Story continues to tell the story of D-Day. There are many stories told through objects donated by people. The museum first opened in 1984.  Head to the museum’s Collections pages, find a story, fact or object that interests you. Draw it and tell us what you found out about the object.

Thank you for taking part, remember we need all completed works by the end of May.

This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, working in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Portsmouth Walking for Health, as part of the Landing Craft Tank 7074 project.

Take a look at the videos below for further information. The first gives details about the project:

Now, find out about how to share your D-Day Story: