Visit The D-Day Story in Portsmouth and you may be able to meet some of the men and women who took part in the Normandy Landings.
The D-Day Story is the UK's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944.
Following a £5 million transformation project, the museum is better equipped than ever before to tell the stories of those involved, through personal artefacts and testimonies. In each of the museum's three main galleries - Preparation; D-Day & the Battle of Normandy; and Legacy & Overlord Embroidery - you'll experience what it was like for all those taking part in Operation Overlord.
The first, Preparation, shows what went into planning this huge operation, and the people responsible for it. The gallery covers everything from Dunkirk (1940) through to the period just before D-Day. From here you'll go through to D-Day & the Battle of Normandy, where you'll see what it was like for those landing on the beaches, and the epic task that lay ahead of them.
Finally, learn all about the legacy of D-Day and see how it changed the complexion of World War 2 - and the course of history. There are few better ways to explore D-Day than with the 83-metre Overlord Embroidery, created as a modern Bayeux Tapestry by the Royal Society of Needlework.
The D-Day Story regularly hosts Normandy veterans, who are happy to talk with visitors and keep their heroic stories alive.
Check out The D-Day Story website for further details and to see all their upcoming events.
A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.