D-Day: A Portsmouth Story

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Date: 24th May 2024 - 1st Sep 2024
Time: Daily 10am - 5pm
Price: Range from Free

A new exhibition will open at Fort Nelson to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day – free admission.

The special exhibition, D-Day: A Portsmouth Story, will open on 24 May and will hear people with a connection to Portsmouth recalling their memories of D-Day. The display will feature the planning of Operation Overlord through to the events of D-Day and the quiet days afterwards in Portsmouth.

The people’s voices will be accompanied by images from The News, The Imperial War Museum and first-hand accounts from the D-Day Story and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The free to visit exhibition will run until the end of the year.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings which took place on June 6, 1944, with troops leaving from Portsmouth heading to Normandy.

A museum trail of 10 people, depicted in laser-cut silhouettes, created by Standing with Giants, will also stand alongside pieces from the Royal Armouries collection which have a link with D-Day for 14 weeks, until 1 September.

The Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled gun, which played a key part on the Operation Overlord, will be on display as part of the artillery trail. The Sexton came from Canada in 1943 and was designed to be able to fire and move quickly. It fired its guns from the landing craft in support of troops ashore.

Fort Nelson is open Sunday to Tuesday 10am – 5pm. Daily in the school holidays. Admission free. Please book tickets online in advance to guarantee entry at www.royalarmouries.org


Royal Armouries Fort Nelson Portsdown Hill Road Fareham United Kingdom PO17 6AN
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