I worked with local people from Portsmouth, Healthy Walks and The D-Day Story to create a community story map to share local stories about D-Day and Portsmouth.
The story map features designs, doodles and photographs created by people in Portsmouth through a social media campaign. As well as stories I gathered by talking to key members of the community, veterans and volunteers over the phone and video calls.
The map can be used to:
- Find out about people connected with D-Day in Portsmouth
- Inspire you to take a walk and explore around the city
- Discover new places in and around Portsmouth
To encourage people to join in from home and share their stories and artworks, I created the following videos and activity pack.
Inviting online audiences to participate:
Share Your Stories
People in Portsmouth said before D-Day “We knew something was happening”. On the morning of 5 June 1944 soldiers walked down through Portsmouth to board ships to go to France. They would have walked the streets you walk today to get to Clarence Pier, South Parade Pier and the hard. Draw around your foot and decorate it for the map.
Your foot might be used to mark the walking route on the map.
2. Setting sail
As the ships set sail from Portsmouth and the south coast of England the men on board would have waved goodbye not knowing when they would be home. They may have had favourite landmarks in Portsmouth. Draw your favourite landmark in Portsmouth.
It was not just men who travelled to D-Day, ships also carried tanks and supplies. Ships were specially made for D-Day, including Landing Craft Tanks which could carry up to ten tanks. Landing Craft Tank 7074, the last surviving ship of its kind from D-Day will be next to The D-Day Story later this year. The two tanks once outside the museum will be on board the ship. Can you draw a tank in this space?
When landing in France for D-Day, soldiers had to do their best to merge in to the background. Often they would use patterns to cause confusion, this is called camouflage. Can you fill this space with a pattern?
Remember sailors, soldiers and airmen had to travel by land, sea and air to liberate Europe. Your pattern could be used to show the sea/sand/roads/grass/paths on the map we are creating.
The D-Day Story continues to tell the story of D-Day. There are many stories told through objects donated by people. The museum first opened in 1984. Head to the museum’s Collections pages, find a story, fact or object that interests you. Draw it and tell us what you found out about the object.
This project was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, working in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Portsmouth Walking for Health, as part of the Landing Craft Tank 7074 project.