World War II
D-Day veterans caught on camera
The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth is working with a local camera club to take portrait photographs of D-Day and Normandy veterans in the city at the time of the 65th anniversary of the invasion.
A hundred D-Day veterans from Hampshire and around the world are being honoured in a special collection of portraits being taken to mark the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.
Members of Solent Camera Club are working with the D-Day Museum taking photographs and recording information about the veterans’ wartime experiences.
An individual portrait photograph will be taken of each veteran along with brief details of their wartime service to put the portraits in context.
The photographers will also be taking portraits at the museum on the 65th anniversary weekend of 6-7 June as well as other Sunday afternoons in the rest of June.
The local branch of the Normandy Veterans Association have had their portraits taken, and the museum also hopes that many individual veterans will come forward - wearing their regimental or veterans association blazer and beret.
Photography session at the D-Day Museum
When the project is completed, after June 2009, the photographs will be shown in the D-Day Museum as a digital slideshow that will be available to all visitors.
A selection of images will also be shown on the museum's website and on the Big Screen in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square.
Andrew Whitmarsh, Military History Officer for Portsmouth Museums & Records Service, explained: “These photographs will be kept by the D-Day Museum in perpetuity as a record of the Normandy veterans who came to Portsmouth around the time of the 65th anniversary.
We invite anyone who was involved in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy to have their photograph taken, whether they served in the armed forces in the UK in support of the landings or went over to Normandy, or indeed if they were a civilian involved in the UK in preparations for D-Day."
Duncan Allan, chairman of Solent Camera Club, said: "We are pleased that we can contribute something back to the veterans whom gave so much for us, whilst also contributing to the D-Day Museum’s record of the event and creating a lasting legacy for future generations.”
Any veterans who would like to take part in the project are invited to come to the D-Day Museum on the weekend of 6-7 June (11am – 4pm), or between 1pm and 4pm on the other Sunday afternoons in June (14, 21 and 28 June).
last updated: 06/06/2009 at 12:30