VE Day

8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. It was on that day in 1945 that Germany surrendered, bring the war in Europe to an end. On these pages we’ve collected together activities, links and resources to help you explore VE Day and the history of the Second World War.

For millions of people, VE Day meant a chance to finally settle down or return home, to rebuild, and to come to terms with one of the most devastating conflicts of the 20th century. Most importantly, it finally meant peace in Europe after years of war.

Code Breakers

Code Breakers

During the Second World War, codes were used to hide secret information from the enemy. Can you crack these codes?
VE Day with History’s Maid

VE Day with History’s Maid

From Sunday 10 May 2020, join History's Maid with this online talk and learn all about rationing, blackouts, dig for victory, VE day itself and what the future held once war was over.
Build Your Own Spitfire

Build Your Own Spitfire

Download a template and instructions to make your very own Spitfire at home.
VE Day Recipes

VE Day Recipes

You may not be able to join in a street party but we have some delicious treats that you can make for your own picnic or afternoon tea, including Carrot Cookies and Potato Cakes.
Wartime Word Search

Wartime Word Search

Can you find all the wartime words?
Make Your Own Bunting

Make Your Own Bunting

Recreate the look of a street party with your own VE Day bunting.
Make Your Own VE Day Hat

Make Your Own VE Day Hat

Download instructions to make your own VE Day hat
Design Your Own Aeroplane

Design Your Own Aeroplane

Follow in the footsteps of Spitfire designer, RJ Mitchell, and draw your own aeroplane design.
Blogs: VE Day

Blogs: VE Day

Find out more about VE Day through our museum blog
Blogs: The Second World War

Blogs: The Second World War

Find out more about the Second World War through our museum blog
The War Through Objects

The War Through Objects

Our online collection has a range of objects from the Second World War.