In June 2019 the people of Portsmouth were introduced to the story of D-Day in exciting and unexpected ways. Local community groups shared their wartime heritage; researching our collections and presenting their findings. This included everything from creating a theatrical performance and an embroidered sari, to a walking tour and Second World War inspired public information posters.
The aim of the project was to make Portsmouth’s history more relevant to local people by getting them involved in researching and presenting that of their area or community. We wanted to include groups that wouldn’t normally visit the museum, or hadn’t thought about carrying out research before.
The groups really enjoyed taking part in the project and said that it had increased their knowledge of D-Day and local history. They felt more confident carrying out research and had a better understanding of what museums do. Some of the groups would not have visited the museum before they got involved with the project.