The D-Day Story museum will host a special episode of the Antiques Roadshow to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The show will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at 8pm on Sunday 2 June.

Filmed at both the museum and in Normandy, the episode features a variety of fascinating objects along with the stories behind them relating back to the events of June 1944.  You will also hear remarkable first-hand testimony from those who were there including veteran Ken Cooke.

Roadshow experts explore items from the museum’s collection which feature throughout the episode alongside those brought in by visitors. Amongst them includes LCT 7074, the last surviving Landing Craft Tank from D-Day and the 83 metre Overlord Embroidery, created to commemorate those who took part in the Normandy campaign.

Councillor Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council said:

“We are delighted that the BBC Antiques Roadshow team chose to film a special episode to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day at The D-Day Story museum. It’s fantastic to see a variety of items in the museum’s collection showcased to share the true scale of the events that took place in June 1944.”

Other items to feature from the museum’s collection include Monty’s beret worn by General Bernard Montgomery; a Rupert paradummy which played a key part of the allied deception plan for D-Day; and Betty White’s coat which belonged to a five-year-old girl from Gosport, a major embarkation point.  Local school children collected badges from troops prior to them leaving for Normandy, and Betty’s mother stitched hers onto her coat, this item is often remarked upon by visitors to the museum.

The D-Day Story is the only UK museum solely dedicated to telling the events of June 1944 and is holding a number of events and activities throughout 2024 to commemorate the 80th anniversary.  For further information relating to the anniversary events or visiting the museum, please visit www.theddaystory.com