Evacuation exhibition launches at Dover Castle

By Matt Elton, 8 June 2011 - 3:00pm

Family historians with ties to the Second World War evacuation of Dunkirk will be able to explore their ancestors' experiences when a new exhibition opens at Dover Castle

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 Plotters at work in the operations room at Dover Castle © english-heritage.org.uk

Family historians with ties to the Second World War and the evacuation of Dunkirk will be able to explore the experiences of their ancestors when a new exhibition opens at Dover Castle later this month.

Opening to visitors on Friday 10 June, the Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk exhibition recreates the drama of the evacuation in which stranded troops were rescued through secret tunnels as Nazi soldiers moved in.

The walk through tunnels use state-of-the-art special effects and documentary film footage to deliver a vivid account of the 1940 evacuation. The experience will fill the underground tunnels with the sights and sounds of war, show the tense atmosphere of the operations room at Dover Castle and immerse visitors in the action on the Dunkirk beaches.

Dover Castle is sited dramatically above the cliffs overlooking the English Channel and is one of the most famous fortresses in Europe.

Visitors can see a recreation of the vice-admiral’s cabin as well as tour some of the original rooms of the adjacent Army HQ in this exhibition of a pivotal part of English wartime history, an event that Winston Churchill called a “miracle of deliverance”.

"There is no better place in England to learn about the Dunkirk evacuation than Dover Castle,” says Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage. ”With Operation Dynamo, you'll step into the tunnels and on to the beaches, boats and command centre during one of our darkest, yet greatest, hours."

 

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Explore the website at www.english-heritage.org.uk/dovercastle

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