D-Day 80 Events at Fort Nelson

Portsmouth

Type:Heritage & History

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO17 6AN

Tel: 01329 233734

D-Day 80 Events at Fort Nelson

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D-Day 80 will be marked at Fort Nelson with a host of events including a special exhibition, artillery trail and a D-Day weekend.

The 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 connection with D-Day for 12 weeks.

The Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled gun, which played a key part on the Operation Overlord, will be on display in time for the D-Day commemorations 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.

On June 1 and 2, a special D-Day weekend will take place at Fort Nelson to mark the 80th anniversary. The event will feature the Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled gun, historical reenactors and wartime singing duo Perfect Vintage.

The D-Day weekend event is free but tickets must be booked in advance online at www.royalarmouries.org Entry is not guaranteed for those who do not book tickets in advance.

A lecture series will also run alongside the series of D-Day events at Fort Nelson with speakers including Andrew Whitmarsh, Curator of the D-Day Story, and Dr Kate Vigurs, an expert on women in World War Two.

Tickets cost £7.50 and can be booked online.

Public Engagement Manager, Lizzie Puddick, said: "At Fort Nelson we overlook the harbour from where the ships departed for D-Day and can see Southwick House where the operation was planned.

​​​​"We wanted to run a series of events where local people were able to tell their story of life in Portsmouth around D-Day. Come and join us to mark the D-Day 80 anniversary."

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.

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Takes place (24 May 2024 - 1 Dec 2024)
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Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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