Lunchtime Talk D-Day 80: ‘Oxford(shire)’s Contribution to D-Day’

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6 June 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the largest seaborne invasion in history. The Museum of Oxford is delighted to present ‘Oxford(shire)’s contribution to D-Day’, an original talk by Brian Lowe, in commemoration of D-Day 80 and the historic efforts made by the people of Oxfordshire to the Normandy Landings.

The talk will explore the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry’s direct involvement in the Landings; the history of the Slade Camp military training ground in Headington; naval intelligence at work in Oxford; the massive photo-reconnaissance operation that was flown from three Oxfordshire airfields; the take-offs from Harwell on 5 June 1944 that spearheaded the invasion; and the story of one Oxfordshire soldier whose career spanned the entirety of the Second World War.

This is a unique chance to learn about Oxford and Oxfordshire’s direct contributions to D-Day, 80 years on from the pivotal invasion that changed the course of the Second World War.

Brian Lowe is an Oxford Green-Badge Tour Guide and speaker on local history.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be available to enjoy during the talk. We recommend arriving before the start of the talk if you would like to grab a refreshment.

Tickets are available for £5 online or at the Museum Shop (booking fee applies online). We strongly advise booking tickets in advance as our Lunchtime Talks are popular!

Sales from tickets help support our work to deliver fun and accessible family activities, community engagement projects, schools workshops, exhibitions and special events for Oxford’s people in our Museum spaces.

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Photo consent:

Please be aware that photographs will be taken at this event for use in marketing. If you (or a member of your group) would prefer not to be photographed, please let a member of staff know during the event.


The image shows: (R) an aerial view of the Cowley works taken in c. 1947 and (L) members of the Oxf. and Bucks. Light Infantry at Hertogenbosch on 23 October 1944.

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