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VE Day party a great success

22 May 2015

Almost three-hundred people got into the VE Day spirit at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre’s ‘Museums at Night 2015’ party on Friday 15 May.

Let’s Party Like It’s 1945! was The Spring’s contribution to this year’s annual Museums at Night event. This free celebration took VE Day as its theme and included authentic games from the era like Meccano and Mixbrix, live music and dance lessons, opportunities to create Make Do and Mend jewellery, explore authentic 1940s items from The Spring’s museum, meet with local historians to investigate family stories from the war, and watch a brand-new theatrical piece from the Havant Drama Club.

Attenders dressed up in vintage outfits to help recreate that authentic Victory mood. Festivities started at 7pm with rooms in The Spring set-up for a variety of different activities, such as having your hair and make-up done 40s style, before a special theatrical performance by the youngsters of the Havant Drama Group. At 9.30pm attenders moved into the theatre for two live music sets from The Dave Baker Project, interspersed with dance lessons demonstrating authentic 40s steps such as the Lindy Hop by local dance group Swing4All.  

Roger Harrison, Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Spring said afterwards,

I cannot remember an evening this year that was more obviously enjoyed by those present. Great activities, games, music, food, drink, clothes - a triumph!”

Finally, at 11.30pm, the event ended with tasty bacon sandwiches.

Editors notes

Museums at Night 2015 ran from 13 – 16 May and comprised 650 events. In 2014, Museums at Night attracted180,000 visits in more than 500 venues.  For more information, please visit

Professional photos available from the event.

For further information on Let’s Party Like It’s 1945! please contact Kate Saunders at or on 02392 249063. Or Ayad Andrews at or on 02392 249064.

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS