Virtual VE Day 75 Festival: Day 1

Virtual VE Day 75 Festival
Stand with your services as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum are joining forces to host a free online festival, bringing to life the stories of those who helped deliver Victory in Europe.

The festival opens with a victory-themed debate between curators from the three museums, chaired by author and historian James Holland, followed by a live Q&A.

Download our full festival programme, and our party pack bursting with fun activities to help you celebrate VE Day at home.

Programme: Day 1

Vying for Victory, 5pm
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The Second World War was the first major conflict to see the implementation of a truly joint operations and command: three different services with three different sets of traditions, cultures and experiences. 

Now, 75 years after Victory in Europe, how do we recognise the contribution of the separate branches of the armed forces on the Road to Victory? Should we view it as anything but a joint operation? 

Author and historian James Holland joins lead curators from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum to explore the highs and lows in the evolution of this unique working relationship. 

And, as the modern media continues to draw on wartime experiences and expressions, they will assess how each of the services has cemented its own contribution in myth, tradition and popular culture today.

Live Q&A, 7pm
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