D-Day Museum still needs £100,000 to pay for major revamp

A TOTAL of £100,000 still needs to be raised to help pay for the transformation of Southsea's D-Day Museum.

Friday, 1st December 2017, 11:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:39 am
Tanks were removed from the museum earlier this year

The museum is undergoing a £4.9 million revamp to include more exhibitions and to develop the existing site.

Of the money required the D-Day Museum Trust has to raise £300,000, with about two-thirds having been collected so far.

The rest of the project, which lasts for five years, is being provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Picture: Allan Hutchings

An update to Portsmouth City Council - published online ahead of a meeting next week - said collections have been removed from the museum, work has begun on a new website, and a pop-up museum has been set up.

The museum is currently closed but is due to reopen in March.

Earlier this year historians removed the museum’s tanks, used during the pivotal 1944 beach landings, ahead of the revamp.

It is expected that more money for the trust will come from events at the House of Lords, and the Map Room at Southwick House.

Picture: Allan Hutchings

The update said: ‘This remains a hugely exciting and demanding project.

‘The end of the capital phase of the project is now in sight.’