Stories of the largest invasion in world history

The D-Day Story, Portsmouth

Ahead of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019, this Heritage Lottery Fund project delivered by Portsmouth City Council, has seen the transformation of the original museum, revealing the rich stories of the largest invasion in world history.

Surface Impression designed and built a website that both reflects the modern style of the new museum and the historical contents of the exhibits. The user-focused website aims to satisfy both physical and online audiences by providing easy access to key visitor information, as well as offering opportunities to explore exhibit content online.

Highlights include:

  • Online collections – the Modes collections management system was integrated with the website allowing data to be drawn directly (without additional editing) and presented via a user-friendly interface. This is a major step in prompting public engagement with the collections and widening access to object interpretation and the stories behind them.
  • Interactive map – the “D day on your doorstep” map allows users to search for locations that have sites relevant to D-Day.
  • Jargon Buster –¬†there are thousands of code names, acronyms, abbreviations and many other unique terms associated with D-Day. This feature allows online audiences to explore them using either search functionality or by browsing the alphabetised list.