Tuesday 5 May 2020

What does the ‘VE’ in VE Day stand for?

Join IWM expert Vikki as she shares real life stories of celebration and revelry in the wake of the VE Day announcement of 1945. Vikki will be sharing personal stories from those who remember taking to the streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe. 

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VE Day - Parties in the Street

VE Day - Parties in the Street

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.

Curriculum Links and Learning Topics

Second World War, Home Front, Armistice, Food and Rationing


Poster for IWM Family Mission: VE Day House Party featuring photographs of celebrations on VE Day


Now that you've learned about VE Day, why not swing by a VE Day House Party like it's 1945! 

CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is setting your mission with the help of Jitterbug Jive.

Watch the mission briefing


HM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret joined by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London on VE Day.
© IWM (MH 21835)


Have a look at this short film which explains what VE and VJ day were: Can you spot the future Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace? 

Video hosted on the BBC Teach website. 

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