1945-2005 Sixty Years On From World War Two

| 21 March 2005
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VE Day in London, May 8 1945. Part of the Children's War Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London. © IWM

2005 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the most extensive and terrible conflict of the 20th century. To mark the end of hostilities, 24 Hour Museum, in partnership with Their Past Your Future, has produced a dedicated section of news stories, trails, features and useful links. Scroll down the page to explore World War Two through the UK's heritage sites, museums, galleries, archives and libraries - or use our quick navigation: TRAILS AND FEATURES NEWS STORIES LINKS

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Their Past Your Future (TPYF) is an educational programme led by the Imperial War Museum and supported by the Big Lottery Fund that aims to inspire people of all ages to truly discover the Second World War.

TPYF travelling exhibitions are visiting over 70 venues throughout the UK until February 2006. Full details of 'where and when' can be found on the Touring Exhibition Page of the TPYF website.

You can also explore associated TPYF events - such as talks, exhibitions, workshops and other activities by clicking on the listings in the orange display box on the left of this page.

Shows a painting of an aerial plane battle above the sea out of which a river snakes into the foreground. The is full of of jet streams while a squadron of aircraft is amassed to the right.

War Artists: Battle of Britain by Paul Nash © IWM. Read more about the role of WWII war artists in our trails and features section below.

24 Hour Museum trails and features explore different aspects of World War Two through heritage sites, locations, museums and archive collections found in the UK.

National Trails: from the home front to the Battle of Britain, our national trails look at various World War Two themes - investigating them through the heritage sites, museums, archives and galleries of the UK.

War Artists - World War Two On Canvas And Paper
The Bevin Boys - Fighting The War From The Coalface
The Dieppe Raid - A Tragedy In 1942
The Secret War - SOE Against The Third Reich
A Soldier's Life - The Land War In World War Two
Heroism On The High Seas - The Sea War In World War Two

The Battle Of Britain

D-Day: a series of interlinked trails and features exploring the events of June 6 1944 through locations, museums, collections and archives.
D-Day: The Story Behind the Longest Day
D-Day: Training, Logisitics, Build-Up
D-Day: The Story Of The Longest Day
D-Day: Normandy Today - Sixty Years On
D-Day: Hobart's Funnies
D-Day: Mulberry Harbours
D-Day: Web Links

Regional Trails: a series of regional trails, produced by 24HM journalists in the regions for the anniversary of VE Day, exploring what happened in some of our major cities and their surrounding areas during World War Two.

East Midlands: Textiles, Evacuees And Foresters - The East Midlands In WWII
East Of England: Both Sides Of The Air War - Norwich In World War Two
London: The Capital - From Blitz To VE Day
North East: Newcastle & Tyneside - A Shipbuilding Target
North West: Manchester - A City During World War Two
North West: Liverpool Plays Its Part As A Crucial Port
South East: Brighton In The Line Of Fire
South East: Broadband Gallery - Remembrance Sunday 2005
South East: Betty Vince Remembers Wartime In Whitehawk
South East: Coastal Defences At Cuckmere Haven
West Midlands: Birmingham - Bombed But Not Beaten
West Midlands: Don Owen Remembers Wartime Sparkbrook
Yorkshire: Leeds In Wartime - Bombing, Manufacturing and Fund Raising
Yorkshire: Steel For Ships, Planes, Tanks - Sheffield Industry In World War Two

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Plotting the Blitz: the Bomb Census Survey plotted raids over our major cities, like this two-week record of raids over Westminster. © National Archives.

Bomb Census Maps: The National Archives holds maps and tracings compiled by the Ministry of Home Security during World War Two. Each map attempts to plot bomb damage in UK cities so a complete picture of raids across Britain could be built. In this way raid patterns, types of weapon used and the consequent damage could be analysed. For a detailed look at the some bomb maps click on the links below.

Plotting The Blitz: What Was The Bomb Census?
Bomb Census London: The Blitz Hits Westminster
Bomb Census London: An East End Raid
Bomb Census Bristol: Blitz Over Brislington
Bomb Census Manchester: Raids Over Chorlton
Bomb Census Brighton & Hove: Gas Works and Railway Targeted
Bomb Census Liverpool: The Christmas Raids

Shows a photograph of two World War Two veterans, wearing berets with military badges and rows of medals, talking to a young boy. One of the veterans is leaning on a tank.
January 2004: £5 Million Education Scheme Launched At Imperial War Museum. Photo by David Devins © NewsCast.
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March 2005: WWII Exhibition Arrives At Nottingham Shopping Centre. Roy Hill, 82, was one of the local people featured in the Their Past Your Future Exhibition in Nottingham. He flew in Lancaster bombers - he and his crew were shot down and were captured. © Chris Breese/24 Hour Museum.

Browse the 24 Hour Museum archive of news stories and reviews relating to the 1939-45 conflict. Throughout this period of remembrance and commemoration 24 HM will be keeping you up to date with WWII-related news and reviews in the heritage sector. News stories from 2005 are listed below together with links to index pages for previous years. Each link takes you through to a new page - to return you will need to use your browser 'back' arrow.

02/12/05 - Historic First And Second World War Airfields Granted Listed Status
28.11.05 - HMS Belfast Salutes Commonwealth Sailors Of WWII
14.11.05 - Grade II Listing Planned For Six Norfolk War Memorial Cottages
09.11.05 - UK Museums Remember The Fallen
03.11.05 - Remembrance Week At Imperial War Museum North
09.09.05 - Plaque Unveiled For 13 Victims Of First Day Of The Blitz
30.08.05 - School's WW2 Air Raid Shelter Murals Conserved With Lottery Cash
22.08.05 - Manx Museum Explores History Of WWII Women Internees
16.08.05 - Get Inside The Spitfire At The Science Museum, London
10.08.05 - VJ Day: The Forgotten War Remembered
09.08.05 - Royal Naval Museum To Create Online 20th Century Navy Archive
02.08.05 - Donate Your Old Pots And Pans For Science Museum Spitfire Show
27.07.05 - Leicestershire Record Office On The Lookout For POW Stories
14.07.05 - Wooden Horse Escape Kit Presented To Imperial War Museum
11.07.05 - By Sea, Land And Air - Scottish Fishing Communities & WWII
08.07.05 - From Stirrup Pumps To Gas Masks - St Botolph's VE Day Fair
06.07.05 - Local Kids Muck In To Dig Up WWII Bomb Site In London
04.07.05 - Luton Schoolchildren Dig For Victory At Stockwood Park Museum
30.06.05 - Museums & Veterans Come Together For Veterans' Awareness Week
30.06.05 - BT Help Bletchley Rebuild Code-Breaking WWII Computer
27.06.05 - Panzers At The Palace As Living Museum Rolls Into London
16.06.05 - Kids In The Blitz & A Stately Rap - Roots And Wings Winners
31.05.05 - London 'Living Museum' To Commemorate End Of WWII
26.05.05 - Herbert Museum's 'Kids In The Blitz' Project Is A Winner
16.05.05 - Enemies Reunited As Old Adversaries Visit Bovington Tank Museum
05.05.05 - 60th Anniversary Of VE Day To Be Celebrated Around The Country
28.04.05 - Kessel, Signs Of Conflict At The Royal Armouries, Leeds
28.04.05 - Youth Theatre Group Recall WWII In Nottingham Shopping Centre
22.04.05 - Super Scooter - Wartime Conductress To See Her Old Bus Again
18.04.05 - HMS Cavalier Afloat Again At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

07.04.05 - Maximum Meaning - Abram Games At Sunderland Museum
07.04.05 - Central Library Hosts WWII Russian Photography Exhibition
24.03.05 - WWII Exhibition Arrives At Nottingham Shopping Centre
24.03.05 - The North At War - Explored At IWM North
16.03.05 - The Children's War Opens At IWM London
09.03.05 - Iron Curtain Descends Across Net As Churchill Speech Goes Online
03.03.05 - Herbert Museum Seeks Empire Citizens To Recount Memories Of War
02.03.05 - Fight To Halt Development on Battle of Britain Airfield
17.02.05 - WWII Remembered As Their Past Your Future Launches Across UK
09.02.05 - Curtain Goes Up On New £6m Churchill Museum
24.01.05 - The Holocaust Remembered - Survivors, Liberation and Lives Rebuilt
19.01.05 - London Fire Brigade Museum To Record Blitz Firefighter's Memories
18.01.05 - Churchill Museum To Open At Cabinet War Rooms On February 11

For more news, open the index pages to previous years below:

TPYF Online Exhibition: The Their Past Your Future team have produced an online exhibtion featuring some of the best items from their travelling exhibitions. For more information see the links section below.

Our links section gives you an overview of some of the web sites where you can find out more about TPYF initiatives and VE Day related info. to visit the section. Please note you will need to use your back button to return to this index page.

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This commemorative trail section was funded by the Big Lottery Fund through MLA.

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