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D-Day Weekend

Second World War soldier in uniform looks down the barrel of a gun

This year marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France, which took place on 6th June 1944. From landing on the beaches of Normandy, the Allies would push the Nazi war machine all the way back to Germany.

To mark this historic occasion there will be a packed programme of activities for visitors to experience the importance of D-Day in our nation's history.

Our D-Day Weekend programme

Visitors will be able to experience a range of activities commemorating D-Day:

  • See Second World War blank gun-firing demonstrations
  • Witness poignant performances taken from first-hand accounts of those on the beaches
  • Experience Vickers machine gun firing demonstrations at 11am and 2pm
  • Find out more about weapon development during the Second World War in technical talks

We will also be inviting visitors to spend a quiet moment reflecting on the impact of D-Day in a new silhouette installation on display in the entrance to the museum throughout June. Visitors will be welcome to share their thoughts and recollections, and join us in honouring the sacrifices of those who gave so much for today’s freedoms.

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This is a free event but please pre-book your tickets online to guarantee entry.

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