Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Solutions Worldwide
  • Home
  • /
  • Defence
  • /
  • Work begins on new Normandy D-Day heritage centre

Defence Events

Work begins on new Normandy D-Day heritage centre

Construction of a new visitors’ pavilion to commemorate the D-Day landings has begun in Normandy, France.

Above: BAE Systems Chair, Cressida Hogg with General Lord Richard Dannatt, Chairman of trustees, Normandy Memorial Trust, visit the British Normandy Memorial at Vers-sur-Mer, France, 16th January 2024.
Courtesy BAE Systems

The new facility, called ‘The Winston Churchill Centre for Learning and Education’, is being built on the site of the British Normandy Memorial. It will open later this year to mark the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion, which ultimately led to the liberation of Europe during the Second World War.

Advertisement
SPX Comms




The Centre will include an education room, providing a place for future generations to understand Britain’s role in the Battle of Normandy and learn lessons for the future.
 
Cressida Hogg, Chair of BAE Systems, said: "As a company with a strong heritage in protecting our armed forces, I’m incredibly proud that we can play our part in honouring the courage and sacrifice of those men and women who gave so much to protect our freedoms. Sadly, with a dwindling number of surviving veterans, D-Day will soon pass from living memory. So, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to permanently mark their place in history, enabling young people to understand our past and learn the lessons from it to shape our future."
 
General Lord Richard Dannatt, Chairman of trustees, Normandy Memorial Trust, said: "This year is the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landings which opened the door to western Europe's freedoms. The purpose of this education centre is to ensure that new generations never forget what Britain did for Europe in 1944 and to remember the sacrifice of so many. We are delighted that the Centre's 'principal sponsor' is Britain's premier defence company BAE Systems. Like us, they recognise the importance of understanding the past and learning its lessons.”
 
In addition to BAE Systems’ donation to help build the new pavilion, its employees will volunteer to support the important work of the Normandy Memorial Trust over the coming years. The formal opening of the new building is expected to be a key feature of the 80th anniversary of D-Day commemorations on 6th June 2024.

 
To find out more about the British Normandy Memorial Trust: www.britishnormandymemorial.org

Advertisement
ODU RT 2

 


 

Advertisement
TT Electronics LB TT Electronics LB
Rheinmetall Electronics UK partners with Lightspace Technologies

Defence

Rheinmetall Electronics UK partners with Lightspace Technologies

13 June 2024

Rheinmetall Electronics UK has signed a partnership agreement with Lightspace Technologies, Latvia to advance and produce Augmented Reality Systems using Multi-focal technology for use in XR and AR applications for the military market.

Adarga acquires J2X Solutions

Defence Security

Adarga acquires J2X Solutions

13 June 2024

London headquartered AI software specialist Adarga, today announced the acquisition of US strategic risk intelligence firm, J2X Solutions.

G3 Systems refurbs British Army’s TCDA

Defence Security

G3 Systems refurbs British Army’s TCDA

13 June 2024

G3 Systems has announced a rolling refurbishment programme, contracted by the UK MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) agency, to extend the working life of their operationally proven and highly acclaimed Tactical Containerised Dog Accommodation (TCDA) for use by 1st Military Working Dogs (MWD) Regiment, based at St Georges Barracks, North ...

Spectra Group to introduce GENSS at Eurosatory 2024

Defence Events

Spectra Group to introduce GENSS at Eurosatory 2024

13 June 2024

Following the initial concept launch in January 2024, Spectra Group, a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, is introducing their next generation tactical radio GENSS to European markets at Eurosatory, following the successful completion of pre-production trials.

Advertisement
Cranfield
BAE Systems to present CV90MkIV and Beowolf at Eurosatory

Defence Events

BAE Systems to present CV90MkIV and Beowolf at Eurosatory

13 June 2024

BAE Systems is introducing its CV90MkIV variant with a new turret and showcasing its hyper-mobile all-terrain vehicle Beowulf, at Eurosatory next week (17th-21st June).

Base Materials boosts subsea buoyancy options

Defence Security

Base Materials boosts subsea buoyancy options

12 June 2024

Leicester headquartered Base Materials has launched a new buoyancy repair and refurbishment service providing remotely operated vehicle (ROV) owners and operators with a more sustainable alternative to purchasing new buoyancy modules.

Advertisement
Cranfield