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Portsmouth and the Second World War

The TPYF Commemorative Visits Programme took a group of 36 pupils on a
five-day educational visit to Portsmouth as fourth prize winners in the Their Past
Your Future D-Day and Beyond Competition, commemorating the sixtieth
anniversary of the D-Day Landings. The group visited Portsmouth museums to
learn more about the key role played by the city in the planning of Operation
Overlord.

Below is the itinerary that was followed by pupils on their to Portsmouth.

If you would like to find out more about potential places to visit on an
educational tour of D-Day Portsmouth, please see the ‘Places to Visit’ section
below.

D-Day Portsmouth Itinerary

Day 1

       Travel to Portsmouth
       Visit to D-Day Museum

Day 2

       A visit to the Royal Marines Museum
       A visit to Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

Day 3

       A visit to the Royal Naval Submarine Museum

Day 4

       A visit to the Royal Naval Museum and other attractions at Portsmouth
        Historic Dockyard
Day 5

       Homeward travel

Places to visit in Portsmouth

If you are planning a visit to Portsmouth to learn about D-Day and the Second
World War, you could visit some of the places described below. You could
also visit the following websites:

http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/
http://www.stvincent.ac.uk/WfS/Tourism/Portsmouth/NavDef/DDay

Disclaimer:

All the sites listed are checked regularly. However, the changing nature of the
Internet means that some sites may alter after we have visited them. Their Past
Your Future is not responsible for the content of external websites.

D-Day Museum

Address:      Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO5 3NT
Tel:          023 9282 7261
Web:          http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk

The D-Day Museum on Southsea seafront was opened in 1984 to
commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day landings. In 1994
the museum was expanded to mark the 50th anniversary of D-Day. It houses
the Overlord Embroidery which, based on the idea behind the famous
Bayeux Tapestry that illustrates the Battle of Hastings of 1066, was
commissioned as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and
women who took part in the D-Day landings. The embroidery depicts the
progress from 1940 of plans and events leading to the eventual Allied invasion
of France in June 1944. The museum also houses displays and exhibitions
about the D-Day landings and the people involved, including large exhibits
such as a D-Day landing craft and other vehicles. The D-Day museum also
provides resource packs and handling and role-play sessions for schools.

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Address:      The Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddy's Hard, Gosport,
              Hampshire PO12 4LE
Tel:          023 9250 5600
Web:          http://www.explosion.org.uk

Explosion! is an award winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th
century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's
Hard, in Gosport, Hampshire. The museum traces the development of naval
armaments from gunpowder to the Exocet missile and the displays exploring
the 18th century origins of Priddy’s Hard, its historic buildings and earthworks,
bring alive the site’s rich history. It describes the role that Priddy’s Hard played
in naval operations worldwide for over 200 years, as well as its importance to
the local Gosport community.

HMS Victory

Web:          www.flagship.org.uk

HMS Victory is situated in the Naval Base in Portsmouth and is the world’s
oldest surviving ship of the line of battle, which wore the flags of Admiral Lord
Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Today, she is the flagship of the
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and is manned by servicing
officers and men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines

HMS Warrior

Web:          www.flagship.org.uk

HMS Warrior is the world’s first and only surviving iron-hulled, ironclad warship.
She was the largest, fastest and most formidable naval vessel of her time and
is now fully restored to how she was for her first commission between 1861 and
1864.

Royal Naval Museum

Address:      Flagship Portsmouth, Porters Lodge, 1-7 College Rd, Historic
              Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hants P01 3LX
Tel:          023 93 839766
Web:          www.flagship.org.uk

This is the only museum in Britain devoted exclusively to the history of the Royal
Navy. Housed in beautiful Georgian storehouses, it portrays the history of the
Navy from Tudor times to the South Atlantic Campaign of 1982. Amongst the
exhibits the group will have the opportunity to see figure-heads, ship models,
uniforms, medals, commemorative silverware and pottery. Part of the
museum’s recent 5 million refurbishment is the stunning new Victory gallery.
This features the Story of HMS Victory and ‘Trafalgar’ – a multi-sensory
experience, which places you on the gun deck of HMS Victory during the
battle.

Royal Naval Submarine Museum

Address:      Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport,
              Hampshire, PO12 2AS
Tel:          023 9252 9217
Web:          www.rnsubmus.co.uk

Trace the history of Submarine development from the age of Alexander the
Great to the present day and the history of the British Submarine Service from
the tiny Holland 1 to the nuclear powered Vanguard class – the Navy’s
present day peacekeepers. A film show depicting the history of the
Submarine Service starts your submarine experience. Follow this with an
evocative tour of HMS Alliance, guided by an ex-submariner. In the Museum’s
historical and modern galleries, trace the history of the submarines and the
men. Learn how nuclear fission drives today’s submarines, and use the Geiger
Counter. Sweep the panorama of Portsmouth Harbour through the periscope
of HMS Conqueror of Falklands War fame.

Royal Marines Museum

Address:     Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9PX
Tel:         023 9281 9385
Web:         http://www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk

The Royal Marines Museum is situated in the former Royal Marines Officers’
Mess at Eastney Barracks, near Portsmouth. The museum tells the story of the
Royal Marines - the ‘sea-going soldiers’ of the Royal Navy - from 1664 to the
present day, including their role in the 1939-45 war at sea and the role of the
Royal Marine Commandos during the Second World War. Many of the items
in the collections came from the original Royal Marines bases at Portsmouth,
Plymouth and Chatham, and much more has been added to the story since
the museum began in 1975. The Royal Marines Museum has a dedicated
Education Centre and an education pack is available – entrance is free for
pre-booked school groups.

				
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