On 22 April the Museum hosted 60 Dutch and Canadian students on the 2017 Frank Graham liberation cycle tour. This year’s tour theme is Dutch Resistance and commenced in The Hague at the Dutch Resistance Museum and the Canadian Embassy. The point of these annual tours (this is the third) is to challenge a Dutch and Canadian student group with a physical activity and to provide them with knowledge of what happened during the two World Wars and to show them places where it happened.
David Coxon, the Museum’s Deputy Director, welcomed the group on their arrival and the students laid a wreath in the Museum’s memorial garden in memory of the Dutch resistance members who lost their lives in the Second World War. The group also presented the Museum with three Frank Graham tulip bulbs – Frank Graham is a Canadian army veteran who took part in the liberation of the Netherlands. Following the wreath laying ceremony the Museum provided conducted tours for the students including the Operation Manna exhibition and the D-Day exhibition with its photographs of pilots from the six Canadian Spitfire squadrons based at RAF Tangmere on the 6 June 1944.
The visit ended with the group, led by a member of the Portsmouth Cycling Club, making their way by bicycle from the Museum to Portsmouth to visit the D-Day Museum.