Commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy is a significant opportunity to honour the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom during World War II. Here are some ways to commemorate this important milestone by taking your students on a trip of our ‘From Both Sides’ limited edition tour.

Here is a brief overview below of what is on offer:

D-Day Story – Museum Portsmouth 

The UK-based D-Day Story Museum offers an interactive insight into a crucial World War II event – the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. It presents a valuable learning opportunity for schools, enabling students to engage with history and appreciate the courage and sacrifice of the D-Day participants. The museum visit is strongly recommended for those seeking a comprehensive understanding of this significant historical occurrence.


Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge in Normandy, France, is a historical landmark from World War II. Captured by British troops during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, it played a crucial role in Operation Overlord. A visit to Pegasus Bridge offers students a chance to engage with history, understand the sacrifices of Allied troops, and appreciate the significance of preserving historical sites. It’s a must-visit for schools studying this critical period in history.


360 cinema & Museum at Arromanches

Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy, known for its role in World War II’s D-Day landings, is a unique historical site. The onsite 360° cinema and museum offer educational experiences, bringing history to life for students. Its value as a school trip destination depends on the school’s educational objectives and the students’ interests. However, considering its historical significance, it’s often regarded as a worthwhile visit by many educators.


German defences at Longues Sur Mer

Visiting Longues Sur Mer’s German defenses provides students with an immersive World War II learning experience. This trip offers a real-life understanding of historical events, enhancing their knowledge of the era. It also allows students to appreciate the courage and resilience of Normandy landing participants.

US Cemetery

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is a pivotal WWII site, commemorating the D-Day landings of the Allied forces. It’s a must-visit for history enthusiasts, those wishing to honor the fallen, or anyone seeking a deep, significant experience. This place serves as a lasting symbol of remembrance and reflection in the shared memory of the Allied nations.

British Cemetery at Bayeux

The British cemetery at Bayeux, France, provides a wealth of learning potential for schools. Its significance amplifies when aligned with educational objectives and student curiosity, especially in World War II or history. This trip offers an immersive, educational experience, transcending conventional classroom learning.

British Normandy Memorial

The British Normandy Memorial and Churchill Museum provide enriching educational experiences, especially for those studying World War II, leadership, or British history. Visiting such historical sites can vividly illustrate history beyond textbooks. However, aspects like distance, cost, and curriculum alignment must be considered. If feasible, a visit could offer a significant educational experience.

Churchill Museum in Normandy

A trip to the Winston Churchill Centre for Learning and Education in Normandy is not only a deep dive into history, but also a chance for educational growth and introspection. It allows students to relate past events to today’s issues in a significant way.  The memorial itself, opened in 2021, was created to honour the 22,442 British and Commonwealth personnel killed during the Battle for Normandy (spanning June to the end of August 1944).

The new building will house two educational/exhibition galleries – entry will be free – which will be curated by the Royal British Legion and tell the story of both the invasion on June 6 and the subsequent fighting which culminated with the Allied breakout, the destruction of Nazi forces in northern France and the liberation of Paris.  In addition there will be a classroom facility for use by visiting pupils/students from all over the world, a shop selling official merchandise and a café.


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by Emilie Lehkyj


by Emilie Lehkyj


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