VE Day at Home in Kettering

Published: Monday, 4th May 2020

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The 8th May brings up the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, which celebrates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces to the Allies in World War II, in 1945.

VE Day this year is going to be very different for us all. Sadly, we have had to cancel our community celebrations in Kettering, which were due to take place from 8th-10th May. Instead, Kettering Museum and Gallery would like to invite you to join in with our online VE Day celebrations at home. 

Head to for free activities, stories of wartime Kettering and ways to connect with the community. You’ll find lots of ideas to keep you entertained and the chance to pay tribute to the generations of the Second World War.

Keep an eye on Kettering Museum and Art Gallery’s social media channels to find stories and objects from the current ‘VE 75’ exhibition and sharing ways for you to get involved. Follow us:

Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial Development at Kettering Borough Council, said: “The 75th anniversary of VE Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period. Kettering Museum and Gallery have put together an impressive range of free activities to commemorate this, with a local focus that will keep the whole family entertained.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure, said: “We were very disappointed to have to cancel our initial plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, but we’re delighted to be able to make sure you don’t miss out! Make sure you head to for some lockdown entertainment and to learn about a hugely significant event in the country’s history.”