Hear first-hand accounts of Second World War survivors at new exhibition

Date Posted: 20/05/2015

Keeping Britain Afloat, a new exhibition at the Historic Dockyard, gives first-hand accounts of Second World War veterans, offering groups an insight into what life was like during the War. 

As 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a new, permanent exhibition Keeping Britain Afloat at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, provides an insight into the stories of some of those who helped perform crucial support work on the home front.

The exhibition gives groups a chance to hear the memories of over fifty veterans who experienced life on convoy duty during the conflict.

From daring escapes to extreme survival, the exhibition has the stories of fifty veterans available to view on film. The veterans interviewed include those who served in the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, the Women’s Royal Naval Service, Fleet Air Arm and at the Dockyard itself. Their memories will be accompanied by information on the history of the Second World War convoys and the involvement of the Chatham Port Division and Chatham Ratings.

Keeping Britain Afloat is on permanent display within The Historic Warships area in The Historic Dockyard and is included in the normal dockyard admission price.

For more information visit www.thedockyard.co.uk.

Photo credit: Legasee Educational Trust.

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