Wareham, Dorset, United Kingdom
Past Events up to April 2014 (Latest at Top)
A Centenary of Scouting 1907 - 2007
40th Anniversary of the Opening
of Wareham Town Museum
1974 ~ 2014
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40th Anniversary photos by Pam Bowyer-Davis
D-Day - 6th June 1944 - 60th Anniversary - June 2004
After much of Europe had been occupied by the Axis powers for four years, the Allies finally launched their campaign to liberate Western Europe in June 1944. Over three million service personnel were involved in Operation Overlord, which hinged on the ultimate success of the Normandy Landings on
D-Day. If the German troops were able to prevent the initial landings, the whole campaign would have failed.
Our Anniversary Exhibition depicted all aspects of how residents from Wareham and the surrounding towns and villages coped with life at the time of the D-Day landings sixty years ago.
There were numerous items of memorabilia from the era including posters, old photographs of Wareham from local people, a mockup of a 1940s room - complete with its Morrison Shelter, wartime radio gear, gas masks, stirrup pumps and also items on food production and rationing, together with items on evacuees. The Royal Navy Cordite Factory Association and Bovington Camp had exhibits, and there were specially recorded sound clips of local people who remembered Wareham during the war and also news broadcasts of the time (both set to wartime music) ... and did we also see Churchill and Montgomery look-alikes walking amongst us?
The Exhibition was officially opened by the Town Mayor Cllr. Ann Selby at 10am on Tuesday 1st June. She was to be seen with Army personnel (and their vehicles) who also attended the brief ceremony outside the Corn Exchange at The Cross, Wareham, next to the Town Museum.
In the afternoon there was a two hour guided walk around Wareham led by
Professor David Hinton
2000 years of Wareham’s history
by Lilian Ladle MBE,
by Professor David Hinton,
by Roger Hills,
Dorset Castles Research Group
Preserving Wareham’s heritage
by Nick Fagan,
Wareham Town Trust
Photos: Gordon MacPherson