The D-Day Story, the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion in June 1944, is opening on Friday 30 March following a £5m transformation.

The museum contains many exhibits not previously displayed to the public, in refurbished galleries that feature the words and perspectives of those involved - from both a military and a civilian viewpoint. There will also be spaces for learning, events and interactive displays.

Look out for Groundlings Theatre actors on the ferry to the Isle of Wight and around the Hard and Portsmouth Harbour Station playing soldiers returned from war and vintage vehicles driving around Southsea Common to evoke the 1940s feel.

The D-Day Story is full of personal stories of courage and determination, comradeship and sacrifice, secrecy and deception, innovation and tactics. It is a story in which ordinary people worked together to achieve an extraordinary outcome, exemplifying ‘the epic made personal; the personal made epic’.

The D-Day Story transformation has been enabled in part by a Heritage Lottery grant.