City MP Stephen Morgan today was invited in by council staff to visit the transformed D-Day Story following major redevelopment at Southsea seafront.
The museum, which has seen £5m of investment including a huge grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of the Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War, which led to the liberation of large parts of Europe from Nazi control – and ultimately Allied victory.
To coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019, the museum has had a massive revamp of its exhibition spaces, as well as improve its activities and events programme.
Stephen Morgan MP received a tour round the new museum today by council staff, before the attraction reopens to the public for the Easter weekend.
“Our city’s huge contribution to D-Day was not only hugely important to our nation and the ultimate victory bringing an end to World War Two, but of personal significance to my family.
My grandfather left Southsea Seafront on his 17th birthday, serving his country, as part of Operation Overlord, and returned to Portsmouth to help establish the Normandy Veterans Association in our city.
This new museum is absolutely tremendous and brought back so many proud memories and stories my grandfather passed on to me.
My huge congratulations and thanks to the team and volunteers who have transformed this museum into an international attraction. It’s another jewel to add to Portsmouth’s crown, and I’ll be encouraging everyone who comes to our great city to pay it a visit”.