Their Finest Hour

  • 17 February 2024
  • 11am - 3pm

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Do you have any items or stories related to the Second World War that you would like to share and preserve for future generations?


The University of Oxford, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to empower local communities to digitally preserve these stories and objects before they are lost to posterity. 

Bring your diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, objects or stories about your family’s experience in the war here to the National Memorial Arboretum to be recorded and added to the Universities freely-available, online archive.

Volunteers will be on hand from 11.00am to 3.00pm to welcome you and help record your story and photograph your objects.

Please do not bring any weapons or dangerous items (including gas masks) to the event.

Aerial shot of the RAF Wing, National Memorial Arboretum

Their Finest Hour

Their Finest Hour is a University of Oxford project that aims to collect and digitally archive the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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