#VEDay75 - three perspectives
Taken from the archives of Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, these three digital exhibitions look at the end of the Second World War from different perspectives:
FALAISE: the cost of victory - brings together a small selection of photographs taken between 1944 and 1946 in the small French town of Falaise. Until 1945 it was mostly famous as the birth place of William the Conqueror. Victory was worth celebrating, but for many it also meant rebuilding the remains of their lives, families and homes.
ALL GLORY TO THE VICTOR - looks back at the visit to Hastings by Britain's leading soldier 1946;. Field Marshal Montgomery. 'Monty' was greeted by enthusiastic crowds on his visit and received the Freedom of the Borough and made a member of the exclusive Winkle Club.
POST-WAR COST - is an exhibition of photographs taken, mostly, by Hastings Council over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 1945. It shows people enjoying victory in unexpected ways as well as a town that was keen to see the normality of peace to return.