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

Tanks were removed from the museum earlier this year
Tanks were removed from the museum earlier this year
Bethany Kelly, left, and Dani Hackett behind the bar at Beerex in 2016' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160551-3)

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

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

Picture: Allan Hutchings

Picture: Allan Hutchings

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.

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.

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

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