Whether your are home schooling, would like to discover your family history or would like to share your memories – there are a wealth of resources to help you on your historical journey.
School Age Children
Why not theme your home school activities around VE Day? There are a wealth of resources that bring the past to life for school age children. We have detailed a few below and will be adding to these so do keep checking these pages for additional activities.
- Historian and presenter Dan Snow has set a creative challenge for school-aged children to research what VE Day is all about that you can enter now.
- The Royal British Legion’s Teaching Remembrance covers a range of Remembrance topics, with resources designed for Key Stages 2-4.
- The Imperial War Museum has a fascinating video on VE Day available to view online.
- The BBC have a range of digital resources for Key Stage 4 children looking into how the British planned to celebrate VE Day.
Local + Family History
If you have been inspired to find out about your local history in Liverpool why not investigate the local archives? Or how about tracing family members who were part of the war effort in WW2? Whatever link you decide to find, there are a wealth of resources available online to help you.
- Western Approaches Museum: At one time you would have had to sign the Official Secrets Act to enter the building in Liverpool but today this secret labyrinth of rooms and offices is a time capsule that brings to life Liverpool’s heroic war effort. While you can’t visit right now during lock down, you can enjoy their educational classes broadcast on their Facebook page – not to be missed!
- Museum of Liverpool: Experience the devastation that the Blitz brought to Liverpool, through photographs and personal stories as well as what 24hours in Liverpool were like during the Blitz in the museums digital archive.
- Liverpool Central Library Archives: Dating from the 13th century the collections in Liverpool Central library provide a fascinating history of Liverpool’s history through photographs, maps and newspaper records. You can view the ancestry records online free of charge.
- VE Day Memories: Memories collected by Liverpool Libraries of World War Two and VE Day (collected on the 50th anniversary in 1995)
- Imperial War Museums
- The National Archives
Digital Wall of Honour
We are proud to host the city’s Digital Wall of Honour – an online archive that pays tribute to those brave men and women from our city who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our liberty. While this wall of honour features individuals (and animals) from all walks of life who have served their country in conflicts from all around the world, we encourage you to enter the details of anyone you may wish to remember at this time from WW2 as part of our #VEDay75 celebrations.