Dan Snow’s VE Day Challenge

We’ve teamed up with historian and presenter Dan Snow to find out how YOU would tell the story of VE Day today to mark this special 75th anniversary.

The challenge

We’re asking you to think about how you would tell the story of VE Day today. There are lots of ways you could bring the story of VE Day to life. You could:

  • Write a short news report in the style of today or 75 years ago
  • Make a short video that tells the story of VE Day, either in the style of 75 years ago or how you would tell it today
  • Design a newspaper front page or article
  • Write or perform a poem, song, drawing or other work of art
  • Share the story of someone in your family or area who was involved in the War
  • Write or perform a short play about VE Day and what it would have been like 75 years ago

There are lots of online resources you use to find out more about VE Day and the Second World War:

We’ve also got a range of logos and colouring in posters you can use on our toolkit page.

More educational resources:

How to enter

  • Post your creative content on social media using the #VEDay75 hashtag and tagging Dan Snow in @thehistoryguy on Twitter and Instagram and the DCMS using @DCMS on Twitter and @dcmsgovuk on Instagram.
  • Email your entries to ve-vjday75@culture.gov.uk and we’ll feature a selection on the website. Just include your first name, age and town.

Entries have now closed

Watch Dan share some of your entries on 8 May in his VE Day 75th Anniversary Special on the History Hit LIVE on Timeline.

 

  • Augusto, 7, Uxbridge

  • Rozelin, 12, Liverpool

  • Lincoln, Haddenham

  • Zoe and Daughter (age 3)

  • Walford School

  • Ruby, 8

  • Reese, age 8

  • Matthew

  • James, 8, Gateshead

  • Eloise (11)

  • Christ Church, Cheltenham

  • Barney, York

  • Archie

  • Thomas (8) & Nicholas (6) from Clapham

  • Tyler, 8, Romford

  • Tesha, 4

  • Sophie, 9, Runcorn

  • Amelia, age 2, Bridgend, South Wales.

  • Daniel (5) & Ruby (3) from Bridgend, South Wales

  • Frankie, 14, Shaftesbury

  • Amber, 8, Epworth

  • Nithan and Nila, 7/6, Uxbridge

  • Chloe, 9, Leighton Buzzard

  • Daisy, 6, Congleton

  • Aquilla, 8

  • Lucy, 10, South Wales

  • Arthur, 7, Runcorn

  • Poppy and Scarlett

  • Mason, 9, South Wales

  • Hayden, 11, Lancashire

  • Wilf, 6, Tunbridge Wells

  • Isabella, 11, London

  • Izzie, 14, Normanton Le Heath

  • Jade, 20, Birmingham

  • Nik, 9, Amelia, 6 from Colne

  • Alex , aged 14, Worcester Park

  • Gracie, aged 13, St Austell

  • Keira, age 8

  • Sarah

  • Oakleigh, age 4, Rochester

  • Poppy, 9 Doncaster

  • Theo

  • Isla (7), Oliver (6), Charlie (5) from Swindon

  • Isaac, 9 Hilperton

  • Eden, 11, Buglawton

  • Eleanor, 11, Oxford

  • Emily, aged 10 and Rory, aged 7

  • Megan, 11 Congleton

  • Penny, age 7 and Sophie, age 10 from South Shields

  • Dora, 10, Epsom

  • Esmee, 5, Northallerton

  • Reuben, 11 Threshfield

  • Daniel, 11 East Sussex

  • Theo, 10, Beaconsfield

  • Maise-Merle, 11, Liverpool

  • Ben, 12, Liverpool

  • Stefan

  • Ryan, 12, County Durham

  • Leo, Year 7, Chislehurst

  • Arabella

  • Samantha

  • Nina

  • Evelyn, 9, Coventry

  • Jake, 13, Ticehurst

  • Ellie

  • Lydia, 9, Mitcheldean

  • Paige, Doddington, 10

  • Bisaan, 8, Essex

  • Georgia, 8

  • Shorney

  • Josh, 13, Austwick

  • Sherwin 7, Uxbridge

  • Olly, Newport

  • Nikola, 3, Zechariah

  • Ivy

  • Nicci

  • Mimi, 8

  • Lena , 9, Hillingdon

  • Hugo and Flossie, 8

  • Olivia

  • Grace

  • Aidan, 7, Hillingdon

  • Jack, 9

  • Tyler, 11, Dorset

  • Lucy, 9, Romford

  • Orco

  • Sam, 11, Reading

  • Zack, 12, Bishop's Stortford

  • Kerry-Ann, 6, Gravesend

  • Joe, 10, Dorset

  • Lucie, 10, Prestwich

  • Katya

  • Luca, 10, Tooting

  • Olivia, 11, Leicestershire

  • Emily, 7, Lancashire

  • Ethan, 8, Hillingdon and Keeley, 10, Hillingdon

  • Arthur and Bella, Essex

  • Jake, Year 8

  • Freddie, 9

  • Alexander, 10, Newark

  • Lucy, 10, Hornchurch

  • Eliza, 11, Tredegar Wales

  • Sophie, Worksop

  • Ethan

  • Ria, 6, Slough

  • Gracie, 10, Dorset

  • Claire

  • Leyla, Crewkerne

  • Tabitha

  • Lily-rose, 5, Rochester

  • Poppie, 13, Grantham

  • Ruben, 11, Dorchester.

  • Kalli, 8, Dorchester

  • Paige, 10

  • Magdalena, 8

  • Lewis, 5

  • Louisa, 11, London

  • Siya, 10, Pinner

  • Henry, 11, Cheshire

  • Summer

  • Jack, 9, Westow

  • Jaden, 16, Bradford

  • Camilla, Year 5

  • Leona, Year 2, Hillingdon

  • Lucy, 12, Christchurch

  • Catherine, Caroline, 29, Chicago

  • Fin, 10 and Rosie, 7, Witney

  • Esme, London

  • Jennifer, 15, Banbury

  • The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company

  • Tara , 11, Farnham

  • Oliver, 11, Dorset

  • James

  • Jack, 10, Boroughbridge

  • Jude

  • Freya, 11, Yarm

  • Aisha, Yasmine aged 9 and 8, Bolton

  • Sadie, 10, Stockport

  • Eleanor, 13, Wiltshire

  • Lewis, 10, Rayleigh

  • Cali, 9, Watford

  • Nathan, 11, Altrincham

  • Ted and Henry 5 and 8, Stamford.

  • Joseph, 8, Cheshire

  • Connie, 11, Ipswich

  • Madison

  • Cian, 8, Rugby

  • Sean, 10, Middlesex

  • Adar, Jewell Academy

  • Eve

  • Kayla

  • Charlotte, 6, Kent

  • Nathan, 5, Kent

  • Alek, 9

  • Jack, 13, Kidderminster

  • Marc, 9, Oxford

  • Emmanuella, Esther, Uxbridge

  • Andy

  • Faith

  • Freya

  • Sophie, 11

  • Daniel, 14, Thamesmead

  • Ollie, 11, Gloucestershire

  • Lily, 5, Gillingham

  • Alex, 11, Milton Keynes

  • Sam, 11, Reading

  • Sarah, 11, Manchester

  • Grace, 8, Kent

  • Max, 14, Hampshire

  • Oliver, 4, Kent

  • Ibk, St Mary's

  • Summer, 10, Uxbridge

  • Rowan, 9

  • Matthew, 10, Essex

  • Katie, 14, Leeds

  • Navya, 10, Bournemouth

  • Bella

  • Emmie, 8

  • Max, 9, Wakefield

  • Annabel, 7, Hitchin

  • Ben, 10. Cambridge

  • Ellis

  • Jasmine, 13, Hereford

  • Oliver, 10, Swadlincote.

  • Marli, 10, Ickenham

  • Kenna, 7, Kent

  • Kate, 12, Bridgend

  • Archie, 11, Stockton-on-Tees

  • Amrit, Year 5, Sevenoaks

  • Harlow, 7, Crawley

  • Stanhope, 6

  • Clare, 9

  • Douglas, 7, London

  • Seb, 13, Sutton

  • Freddie, 11, Kent

  • Scarlett, 10, Melton Mowbray

  • Leo, 10, Mortimer

  • Beth, 9, Harrow

  • Katie, 9, Harrow

  • Ceridwen, 6

  • Gabrielle, 9, West Midlands

  • Akash, 10

  • Isabelle, 12, St Austell

  • Nonín, 8 Ruadhan, 5 Bewdley

  • Sam, 10, Surrey

  • Eliza, 14, Salisbury

  • Charlotte, 11, Wellingborough

  • Aiyana Fasawe, 11, Liverpool

  • Annabelle, 9, Andover

  • Amir

  • Paul

  • Harvey, 8, Rochester

  • Cobie, 10, Beau, 7

  • Nicholas

  • Edward

  • Poppy and Freya, 9, Rayleigh

  • Dylan, 10

  • Daisy & Skyela, age 4, Kent

  • Daniel (5) & Ruby (3) from Bridgend, South Wales

  • Aaden, 12, Hellifield

  • Imogen, 12, Ideford

  • Holly, 10, Kidderminster

  • Jasmine, 11, Southampton

  • Harry

  • George, 9, Rayleigh

  • Annabelle, 10, Monmouthshire

  • Sophie, 12

  • Helena, 9, Stamford

  • Gabriel, 9

  • Phoebe, 7

  • Edward, 11, Cambridgeshire

  • Jack, 12, Donmow

  • Ben, 11, Hereford

  • Amelia, Year 3, Birmingham

  • James, 11, Gloucestershire

  • Lillie, 13, South Wales

  • Saanvi, 11, Leamington Spa

  • Calvin, 10, Warrington

  • Ella, 11 and Harry, 9, Oxfordshire

  • Phoebe, 9, Raglan

  • Willow, 12, Kidderminster

  • Chanelle, 12, Kidderminster

  • Maddie, 9, Dorset

  • Alex, 8, Horton

  • Thomas, 12

  • Freya, 8, High Wycombe

  • Ethan, 5

  • Megan, 8, Leighton Buzzard

  • Praise, 11, Surrey

  • Riley, 8, Hednesford

  • Erin, 9, Hednesford

  • Matilda, 10, Dorset

  • Fergal, 8, Harby

  • Martha, 10, Dorchester

  • Calvin, 10, Warrington

  • Zachary, 10, Harby

  • Faith, 10, Sutton on sea

  • Lauren, 12

  • Lydia, 11, Manchester

  • Emily

  • Boo, 11, Farnham

  • Eloise

  • Serena, 19, Hungerford

  • Abernyte Primary School in Perthshire

  • Zach, 9, Dorchester

  • Sophie, 11, Warrington

  • Isabelle, 4 and Millicent, 1, Hethel

  • Elliot, 13, Dorchester

  • Gabriel, 10, Dorchester

  • Eva, 11, Farnham

  • Kaan, 11, Wiltshire

  • Jayden

  • Anya, 11, Kilcot

  • Winnie, 8, Leighton Buzzard

  • James, 11

  • Djibril, 9, Middlesex

  • Roman, 10

  • Jayden, Year 5

  • Scarlett, 10, Newark

  • Talia, 10, Boughton

  • Lottie, 9, Chipping

  • Drew, 10 and Ellis, 7, Deanshanger

  • Ruby , 11, Great Blakenham

  • Victoria

  • Amelia, 12

  • Max, Year 5

  • Harry, 9, Dorset

  • Toby, 11, Gorsley

  • Matilda

  • Arthur

  • Maya, 11, Manchester

  • Emily, 11, Rowledge

  • Jacob, 13, Cottingham

  • Thomas, 10, Dorchester

  • Elizabeth, 10, Dorchester.

  • Olivia, 11, Plympton

  • Katie, 11, Liverpool

  • Gwen, 10, Stevenage

  • Annesley Primary and Nursery School

  • Harrison, 10, Bolton

  • Lily, 7, Brighton

  • Ella 11, Monmouthshire

  • Angelina, 12

  • Joseph, 14, Eastbourne

  • Paige

  • Olivia, 10, Milton Keynes

  • Lucy, 11, Kidderminster

  • Daisie

  • Annabel, 5, Hillingdon

  • Simran, 11, Newport

  • Nuriya, 11, East Barnet

  • Indi-Ella, 5

  • Sophia, 11, Liverpool

  • Keira, 9, Melton Mowbray

  • Madyson, 7, Gravesend

  • James, 11, Dorchester

  • Sarah, 11, Banchory

  • Delta, 10, Brighton

  • Jake, London

  • Maisy, 8, Darlington

  • Leala, Age 10

  • Devon, 14, Shaftesbury

  • Kiera, 16, Saffron Walden

  • Jasper, 8, North Yorkshire

  • Annesley Primary and Nursery School

  • Emily

  • Will, 9, Bricklehampton

  • Eloise

  • Sophia, 11, Derbyshire

  • Alana, 13

  • Bryony, 6

  • Jamie, 8

  • Niamh, 9

  • Ben, 13, Dorset

  • Josh, 11, Dorset

  • Frankie

  • Paige

  • Tosia, 10

  • Jaxen, 10, Hillingdon

  • Joe, 11, Mitcheldean

  • Isla, 7, Stamford

  • Arthur

  • Georgia, 6, Warwickshire

  • Ruby, 10, Kidderminster

  • Alex

  • Umar, 12, Leicester

  • Alexander, 11, Twickenham

  • Hayden, Year 6, Ingleby Barwick

  • Samuel, 12, Tipton

  • Arfa, Manchester

  • Isabella, 12, Marchwood

  • Jack (9) and Oscar (6), Haydock

  • Luke, 8, Hillingdon

  • Oli, 10, Deanshanger

  • Jamie, 12, Weymouth

  • Daisy, 12, Macclesfield

  • Gracie, 9, Trowbridge

  • Brooklyn

  • James, 11, Dorchester

  • Ella, 12, Stanford le hope

  • Isla, 8, Milton Regis

  • Grace

  • Naiya, 10, Hertfordshire

  • Rafe, 9

  • Harry, 13, Sutton, Surrey

  • Ryan, 13, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

  • Caitlin, 15, Watford

  • Keira, 12, Watford

  • Sonny, 4

  • Betsie, 6

  • Logan, 11, Dorset

  • Will, 11, South Wales

  • Jacob, Oliver, 11, Newark

  • Chloe

  • Emily, 7, Lancashire

  • James, Alexia, 10, 11, Annesley

  • Thomas, 10, Newport

  • Saint Peters Primary in South Lanarkshire, Scotland

  • Austen, 6 Pinxton

  • Joseph, 10

  • Monty, 11, Hampshire

  • Isla, 8, Dunsford, Devon

  • Alice, St. Mary’s School, Shaftesbury

  • Ethan, Joshua, 10

  • Fareeza, 11, Newport

  • Layla, 9, Runcorn

  • Nathaniel, 10,Witney

  • Amal, 15, Essex, Harlow​

  • Joseph, 11, Chorley

  • Chethan

  • Orla, 11, London

  • Esme, 5, Maiden Newton, Dorset

  • Mariana

  • Gracie, 16, Teesside

  • Chloe, 8, Northamptonshire

  • Mehreen, 8, London

  • Laiba

  • Gunveen, 10, Bournemouth

  • Ryely, 7

  • Emily 9, Halesowen,

  • Zaynab, 11, Manchester

  • Oli, 14, Bury St. Edmunds

  • Caleb, 7, Mitcheldean

  • Jenny, 11, Altrincham

  • Alexandra, 14, Derbyshire

  • Maya, 4, Rochester

  • Frankie, 7 and Poppy, 5, Kent

  • Brooke, 13, Bristol

  • Skye, 12, Aberdeenshire

  • Dawson, 7, Frazer, 10, Gosport

  • Millie, 9, Ludlow

  • Ewan, Eva Welsh (aged 14 and 12, Leeds)

  • Morwenna, 11, Wales

  • Jez

  • Luna, 5, Rochester

  • Violet, 10, Sheriffhales

  • Cara, 10, Droitwich Worcestershire.

  • Sreehari, 10, Norwich

  • Hallie, 14, Jess, 14, Katie, 13, Harry, 13 from Watford

  • Lennon, 11, Congleton

  • Scarlett, 11, Dagenham

  • Ciarán, 12, London

  • Chloe, 8, Sittingbourne

  • Charlotte, 11, Stockport

  • Chloe, 12, Dorchester

  • Scarlett, 14, Salisbury

  • Mariam, 10, Manchester

  • Oscar, 11

  • Ottilie, 9

  • Lola, 7, Runcorn

  • Ayrton, 10, Woolaston

  • Myla, 10, Dorchester

  • Jessica, 7, Oxford

  • Nevaeh, 12, Watford

  • Amelka, 10, Leeds

  • Lennon, 12, East Sussex

  • Heer

  • Whittaker Moss Primary School

  • Rosie

  • Verity, 11

  • Rachel, Year 7

  • Jack, Year 10

  • Castellanos-Falola, Year 7

  • Frankie, Year 7

  • Amir, 13

  • Nathan, 9, Essex

  • RGS Dodderhill Music Department

  • Eva

  • Phoebe, 9, Kidderminster

  • Inayah, 11, Bramhall

  • Elayna, 7, Runcorn

  • Alfie, 10, Burnham

  • Imogen

  • Lewis, 13, Dorchester

  • Jamie, 7, Runcorn

  • Eva, 10, Dorset

  • Georgia, 18, Swindon

  • Will, 12, Yelverton, Devon

  • Ava, 12, Woolhampton

  • Taraivini

  • Oscar, 8, West Sussex

  • Riley, 5, Telford

  • Connor

  • Sam, 11, Wednesbury

  • Ethan

  • Ruan, 10, Dorchester

  • Iggy, 10, South Wales

  • Charlie

  • Jenson, Year 1, Lancashire

  • Ava, 11, Devon

  • Monty, 9. I live near Winkleigh in Devon.

  • Esmae, 7, Sittingbourne

  • Edward, 12, Reading

  • Chloe, 8, Gravesend

  • Jaden, 10 (Year 5) Runcorn (Halton).

  • Teddy, 8, Twickenham

  • Harry, 6, Gravesend

  • Ellie, 13, Trafford

  • Abigail, 7, Esther, 11 from Yeovil

  • Amelia, 5, Rochester

  • Olivia, 10 and Finley, 8, Hornchurch

  • Sophie, 9, Epsom

  • Finley, 11, Herefordshire

  • Rebecca, 7, Epsom

  • Maya, 12, Kent

  • Sam, 10, Melton Mowbray

  • Isabella, 8, Dorchester

  • Dylan

  • Charlotte, 10, Dalton-in-Furness

  • William, aged 10

  • Benjamin

  • Billy, 10, Dorchester

  • Bronwen, 10, (Gloucestershire)

  • Elliot, 12, Liverpool

  • Laila, 11

  • Asfordby Hill Primary

  • Erin

  • Dylan, 7, Mitcheldean

  • Jasmine

  • Eve, 8, Penkridge

  • Sonya, 5

  • Isabella, Overton Grange

  • Macauley, 12, Stamford, Lincolnshire

  • Lewis, 12, Peterborough

  • Mathilde, 11, Dorchester

  • Samir, 12, Peterborough

  • Jake, 10, Cwmbran

  • Abbie, 11, Peterborough

  • Henry, Arthur, 7 and 9, Runcorn

  • Liam, Braintree

  • Elizabeth

  • Iwan, 10, Newport Wales.

  • Ollie & Tegen, Cornwall

  • Lacey, 11, Kidderminster

  • Ethan, 10, Okehampton

  • Cole, 9, Sittingbourne

  • Madeline, 9, Gravesend

  • JaneDoe

  • Adam, 10, Newport

  • Olivia, 5, Carlisle

  • Isaac, 9, Bristol

  • Jacob, 9, Pontypool

  • Cara, 11, UAE

  • Evan, 12

  • Henry, 9, Runcorn

  • William, 10, West Yorkshire

  • Masoma

  • Lex, 9, Kent

  • Austin, 10, Newport

  • Jay

  • John, 10, Denne

  • Joey

  • Sophie

  • Hermione, 13 , Penmon

  • Chloe, 8, South Wales

  • Zachary, 9 Crediton

  • Douglas, 11, Dorchester

  • Leela, 7

  • Felicity, 12, Southampton

  • Jacob, 9, Solihull

  • Lennox, 5, Hillingdon

  • Holly, 9, Melton

  • Maisie

  • Ethan, Dorchester, Dorset

  • Alex, 10 Gorsley

  • Lucy

  • George

  • Alfie, 10, Kidderminster

  • Isabel

  • Joshua, 13, Wednesbury

  • Rosie, Year 5

  • Lola, 10

  • Oliver, 9, Ranskill

  • Ollie, 10, Newent

  • Cassady, 11, Abu Dhabi

  • Connor, 10, Wakefield

  • Tilly

  • Ella, 11, Cambridgeshire

  • Sophie, 9, Wakefield

  • Kathleen, 93, Dunstable

  • Eva, 8, Windsor

  • Rosie, Dorset

  • Daniel, 13, London

  • Bella

  • Cecilia, 10, Porth, South Wales

  • Danny, 11, Mitcheldean

  • Marinik

  • Erin, 9, Havant

  • Shayla, 8, Sheffield

  • Lilien, 10, Wales

  • Jessica, 11, Bolton

  • Max, 10, Brentwood

  • Olivia, 8, Andover

  • Jack 10, Oscar, 6, Essex

  • George, 9

  • Lara

  • Samuel, 10

  • Kieran, 11, Sittingbourne

  • Nathaniel, 13, Stockton-on-Tees

  • Oliver, 11, Whitworth

  • Liam, 10, Melton Mowbray

  • Mark, 10, Andover

  • Toma, 14

  • Kathryn

  • Sophie, 11, Rochdale

  • Poppy, 8, Stamford

  • Alfie, 9, Wakefield

  • Zoe, 9

  • Tosia, Year 5, Bushey

  • Rosie, 7, Fin, 10, Witney

  • Fraser

  • Lily

  • Sofia

  • Ben, London, 11

  • Fraser

  • Teddie, 5, Swanage

  • Rosie, 10, Bewdley

  • Jake

  • Joseph, 11, Eccleston, Chorley

  • Cameron

  • Stanley, 7

  • George, 12, London

  • Elliot, 16, Saffron Walden

  • Lisa

  • Tamsin

  • Grace

  • Rose, Hull

  • Anneli, 11, Lymington, Hampshire

  • Oliver, 8, Runcorn

  • Ron, 7, Wiltshire

  • Cole, 9, Leighton Buzzard

  • Rhona, 13, Leeds

  • Abi, 10, South Zeal

  • Daniel, 7, Regis Manor, Sittingbourne

  • Macey

  • Callum, 9

  • Jules

  • Gracie, 13, St Austell

  • Keira, Year 8

  • Sarah

  • Oakleigh, 4, Hoo, Rochester

  • Oliver, 11, London

  • Harrison, 12, Bromley

  • Lexi, 7, Newport

  • Vinnie, 8, Benfleet

  • Sam, 9, Dorchester

  • Lily, Hornsby House School

  • Fletcher, 10, Huddersfield

  • Evie, 11, St. Austell

  • Neve

  • Bethany, 10, Wolverhampton

  • Nathan, 11, Scotland

  • Thomas, 11, Congleton

  • Jacob, Kidderminster

  • India

  • Rosie, 9

  • Emily, 10

  • Rory, 7

  • Bradley, 12, St Austell

  • Julie

  • Robert

  • Noah, 10, Gilfach Goch

  • Isaac, 9, Hilperton.

  • Josh 9, Stamford, Lincs

  • Valnetina, 11, Horsham

  • Sara

  • Amanda, 9, East Sussex

  • Joey, 7, Birmingham

  • Grace, 11, Banchory Scotland

  • Harrrison, 8, Trowbridge

  • Olimpia, Birmingham

  • Fraser, 10, Hertfordshire

  • Josie, 11 years, Scotland

  • Harry, 13, Bangor, Northern Ireland

  • Francesca, 9, Essex

  • Jon, Year 7, Sittingbourne

  • Greta, 10, Oxford

  • Judith, 66, Shaftesbury

  • Simeon, 7, Hornchurch

  • Lilly, 9, Dudley

  • Georgie, 16

  • Marley, 12, Australia

  • Jacob, 9, Dorset

  • Dylan

  • Ruby

  • Cefin, South Wales

  • Mia, 10

  • Jennifer, Horsham

  • George, 10, Newcastle Under Lyme 

  • Noah, age 10, Epsom

  • Ethan, 11, Melton Mowbray