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