The D-Day Story

AddressPortsmouth, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, UK
Location typeMuseum
Site Ownership and Access Information?Portsmouth City Council
Contact detailsPortsmouth Museums Service Telephone: (023) 9282 6722

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The D-Day Story is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother opened the museum in June 1984, on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. Following a huge transformation project in 2018 the museum was re-named The D-Day Story, in order to reflect its new aim of telling the personal stories behind the epic landings.

The museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. At 272 feet (83 metres) in length, this is the world’s longest embroidery of its kind, and the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry. It was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford (1915-92) as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, the embroidery took five years to complete. An accompanying multi-language audio commentary brings the events of the embroidery to life.

Extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles and other historic artefacts complete your visit to The D-Day Story. These displays are separated into three main categories: Preparation, D-Day & Battle of Normandy, and Legacy & Overlord Embroidery. This allows you to follow the operations chronologically, to see what went into the planning and execution of the Normandy Landings, as well as the impact they had for years afterwards.

Soon the visit will be completed by taking a trip aboard LCT 7074, the only surviving Landing Craft Tank of its kind to actually be used on D-Day. The LCT has had a rich and colourful history, being at one point a nightclub, and then sunk off the Liverpool coast. It has now been salvaged and restoration work undertaken by the National Museum of the Royal Navy. LCT 7074 is due to take pride of place outside The D-Day Story and open as a visitor attraction in 2020.

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