DETAILS have emerged of how the D-Day Museum could look if £4.8m plans to revamp the attraction become a reality.
An all-new ‘legacy gallery’ would form the centrepiece of the Southsea venue as it bids to become a national centre of excellence on the Normandy Landings.
We are going to tell the D-Day story using the collections and activities that support them. We won’t be using items to tell a text-book story of D-Day.Dr Jane Mee, D-Day Museum project director
The gallery would replace a ‘redundant’ theatre and be used to tell visitors the story of how the museum’s stunning 83m Overlord Embroidery was made.
The embroidery display will feature an ‘interactive ribbon’ around it to provide information on the materials used to create it.
And more of D-Day’s impressive collection associated with the Second World War will also be used to tell the ‘D-Day story’ in a more imaginative way.
Dr Jane Mee, D-Day Museum project director, said: ‘We are going to tell the D-Day story using the collections and activities that support them.
‘We won’t be using items to tell a text-book story of D-Day.’
Chancellor George Osborne has allocated £600,000 from a Libor fund pot – bankers’ fines set aside for causes including military charities – towards the cost of the project.
Museum bosses hope The Heritage Lottery Fund will agree to contribute £4m to make the plan a reality. Items in the D-Day collections that would be used to enhance the visitor experience include a coat covered with around 90 soldiers’ badges collected by resident Betty White.
The badges were given to her by Allied troops passing her house in Gosport, near an embarkation point on Portsmouth Harbour.
There’s also an address book containing the names and home addresses of soldiers who passed by Findon Road, Gosport, from late June to August 1944, while they were waiting to embark for Normandy.
Lib Dem culture spokesman Lee Hunt said: ‘I am really pleased with the project. I am in no doubt that this will happen.’