Schools Information

There is a lot to see and do on your visit to the D-Day Museum. Please see further down the page to download trails and for information on the exhibitions. However to make the most of your visit you may wish to book one of our specialist led workshops about the Home Front, details below.

The Home Front Experience

Find out what everyday life was like for families during the Second World War in this lively, interactive session.

  • Investigate original artefacts and documents including gas masks, items used by Air Raid Wardens, clothing and domestic objects.
  • Explore the different roles people played on the home front.
  • Learn about rationing and evacuation.
  • Use role play to simulate an air raid and find out how people prepared for them.

The session looks at many aspects of life on the home front and is perfect for groups starting and finishing their work on the topic.

Age Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2
Venue D-Day Museum
Times Workshops start at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.00pm and last for one hour.

2015: November 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20
           Deadline for bookings Thursday 22 October
2016: February 29 and March 1, 2, 3 & 4
           Deadline for bookings Thursday 11 February


Portsmouth City Council maintained schools and schools purchasing Core Option B through Traded Services: £3.00 per pupil + VAT
All other schools £6.65 per pupil + VAT
Minimum charge per workshop: £40 + VAT
Price includes admission to the museum

Numbers 30 pupils maximum per workshop.  Groups can enjoy self-guided visits to related museum displays before or after their workshop.

Trails for schools

Please click on the links below to download trails to bring with you on your visit.

Secondary schools

Primary schools

Click here for our Autumn / Winter 2015 - 2016 Newsletter for Schools.

Booking a Group Visit

For all enquiries and group visits please telephone 023 9283 4744 or 023 9283 4737 and ask for the admin team or click here to email us, stating clearly your name, school contact details, number/age of children, which museum/exhibition/workshop you are interested in and your preferred dates/times. For a list of all admission charges, click here.

Length of Stay and Group Sizes

Unless you have booked a led session the typical visit time by a group is 1½ -2 hours. The recommended maximum number arriving at any one time is 60. (When school groups are in the museum, the behaviour of the children or students is the responsibility of the teacher in charge).


Payment for your group booking is made on the day of your visit. Cheques payable to 'Portsmouth City Council', Charge cards: Delta or Switch. Credit cards: MasterCard or Visa. Please see above for workshop charges.


The unique feature of the D-Day Museum is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery that tells the story of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, just as 900 years earlier the story of William the Conqueror's invasion of England was told in the Bayeux Tapestry. It tells the complete story of the D-Day operation, from the planning and preparation of the invasion to victory in the Battle of Normandy in August 1944. A 30 minute Soundguide commentary (in English, French or German) on the Embroidery is available at a small additional charge. An archive film show with commentaries in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish gives a vivid impression of the wartime atmosphere and emotions.

The style of presentation around the museums is lively with audio-visuals, sound effects and several reconstructed scenes. These include a 1940's dining room, an air-raid shelter, a factory scene, an invasion preparation area and the D-Day control room at Southwick House. Walk through a Dakota aircraft during a parachute drop followed by a scene of a crashed Horsa Glider unloading a Jeep. Then inside a German bunker to see the invasion fleet approaching and onto the landing beaches and board a genuine landing craft.

Wonder Boxes - the new-look loans collection from Portsmouth Museums

The first phase of our review of the Museum Loans Collection is complete and the first batch loan items, rebranded as Wonder Boxes, are available for use.

Our fabulous loans boxes are the perfect stimulus for creative work across the curriculum, including science, art & design, literacy and history.  Bring a little awe and wonder into your classroom with bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile specimens or skulls and skeletons.  Or bring the past to life with high quality model dinosaurs and original and replica artefacts illustrating life in Ancient Egypt.

Click here to download the latest edition of the illustrated Wonder Box Catalogue.

The catalogue lists all of the loans boxes currently available and explains how to book a box and the Terms and Conditions under which the loans scheme operates.  New boxes will be added to the catalogue as the review process continues, starting with pre-history and geology in 2015.

National Curriculum – A Broad and Balanced Approach

The D-Day Museum is suitable for a wide range of National Curriculum work. Here are some suggestions of ways in which you can link your visit to National Curriculum areas.

KS 2 - Britain since the 1930s
KS 3 - 20th Century World
Britain at war and the lives of people at home (roles of women).

Historical enquiry - what affected decisions at the time and what were the implications?
Extend range and depth of knowledge - detailed build up to D-Day.
Interpret Knowledge - how were posters at the time portraying information
Representation of historical information - how realistic are the dioramas as information sources and why are those scenes chosen rather than others?
Order (chronology) - key dates on a timeline in run up to D-Day.
Record in a variety of ways.
Texts (50+) to give information - pieces of the historical puzzle.

39 Texts using all forms of writing looking at life at home and in the Armed Forces such as:
Informative (formal - informal) - museum labels - letters home
Persuasive - adverts from the time
Entertaining - contemporary song lyrics
Emotional (letters)
Drama - role play - evacuation

Numbers seen on the Overlord Embroidery.
Numbers of troops, equipment, food supplies/rations, measurement eg areas/volume of vehicles such as landing craft.

Science and Technology
Appreciation of the role of invention in warfare eg communications and radar, important scientists/inventions, materials eg embriodery, making do and recycling of metal during war, shape and properties of landing craft - investigate different designs.

Food Technology
Recipes for cooking with the wartime rations.

Art, Craft, Design
Appreciate the work of artists and craftspeople - eg embroidery.
Different designs eg posters, costume/uniforms, equipment.

To recognise how music is affected by time, including the intentions of the composer - eg making fun of political figures, keeping up spirits.
Read and learn the songs to consider lyrics, melody and rhythm.

Maps of D-Day. Pictures of the beaches.

Please book now

We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Call 023 9283 4744 or 023 9283 4737 to make a booking.