D-Day: Stories from the Walls

by MAT
Time Period: WW2
Audience: All Ages
Theme: People Stories & Diversity

The D-Day: Stories from the Walls project explores the stories of some of the American soldiers that passed through Southampton during the Second World War, and the city’s cruicial role in the war. Though their passage was comparatively fleeting, the legacy of these soldiers remains in the form of graffiti etched into walls near the docks. Just one section of wall bearing this graffiti now remains, and in 2019-2020, the Maritime Archaeology Trust made a digital record of the wall and its inscriptions in order to preserve it for future generations. The project commemorated the 75th Anniversaries of D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and VE day. Through a programme of fieldwork, research, exhibitions and outreach, it engaged volunteers and communities in the discovery of Southampton’s crucial role during the Second World War (WWII) and the stories behind the men who carved their names on the wall. A plaque has now been added to the wall to raise awareness of its significance.

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