VE Day celebrates the end of the Second World War in Europe. This year’s, being 75 years since the end of the war, was going to be special. Sadly, official celebrations have had to be cancelled so, despite the early May bank holiday being moved, there will be no three-day party with extended pub hours, red arrow displays, street parties or parades.
Nevertheless, TV and radio will still be broadcasting the pared down celebrations this Friday, which now include a two-minute silence at 11am, an address by the Queen at 9pm, and a doorstep singalong of ‘We’ll Meet Again’. We’re also being asked to raise a glass in a toast ‘to those who gave so much, we thank you’ at 3pm.
Despite museums being closed to the public there is a huge amount of information on their websites and social media to look through, including photographs with their background stories, tours, podcasts, and videos – you could celebrate VE Day in your own, unique way. You might find something there that will enthuse you to visit the museums when they re-open. Wings Museum in Sussex displays World War 2 artefacts in areas themed around home front, D-Day, etc, as well as airplane parts and the fuselage of a Dakota. It was set up nearly 20 years ago to restore and display such artefacts and operates from a hangar-style building near Gatwick airport.
At Restore we house our heritage storage service in hardened aircraft shelters on an ex-Cold War air base. These magnificent shelters are protection against virtually anything – including floods, fire, damp, pests and bombs. If you’d like some information on how we can help you with your collection – whatever its content or era – please contact us on 03300 376 323, through the website or get in touch with heritage storage specialist, Michael Watts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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