Grantham Museum is currently preparing for an exhibition honouring the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings. The Grantham area was crucial in ensuring the success of this risky operation, with local airfields training and preparing the airmen who landed in Normandy in 1944. This exhibition will formally be opened on the 24th of May, and artefacts are already on display in the museum.
However, this is an urgent appeal for the help of the people of Grantham and the surrounding area. The airfields around Grantham were witnesses to one of the most momentous events in world history as thousands of American airmen and paratroops took off for the first action of D-Day. But now, seventy years on, those vital and secret airfields have now been absorbed into our everyday lives. In areas that were once home to the most secret and drastic preparations during the Second World War, generations of children have learnt how to ride a bicycle, learner drivers have nervously rumbled over potholes and bumps, and dogs wander freely over the abandoned concrete tracks. These places, once solely the preserve of the Department of Defence, have become no more than a local curiosity.
Airfields, quarries, barracks – these ruins are all around us, and we want to shine a light on them. We want to see what these places look like now, how they continue to be used, and what they mean to you. We want your pictures, from a quick snap of you out with your dogs, or perhaps a preserved memento passed down from the 1940s. All images taken in will be posted on Grantham Museum’s instagram account and will be incorporated into our D-Day exhibition.
The history of D-Day is thoroughly entwined with the history of our community. We are all a part of history – so let’s celebrate Grantham’s unique history together.
Please submit your images to the Director of Engagement.
Further details can be found here: http://www.granthammuseum.org.uk/news/keep-calm-and-aid-our-d-day-exhibition.