Battle of the Atlantic projects


The Battle of the Atlantic commemorative events are quickly approaching, here’s a breakdown of what VIP have been busy working on for the past couple of months:

The Star Gazing Programme has been commissioned by Liverpool City Council and created by Veterans in Practice (VIP is FACT’s ex-military digital arts group) and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School working with Atlantic Star veterans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

14 May – 16 June Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ

Ground Floor – Foyer

Large scale images in the windows document the process of Star Gazing. Archive images, portraits and photographs of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School and Veterans in Practice creating Star Gazing.

Second floor – Art and the Sea

Settle into the 1940s style living room and listen to the stories of Atlantic Star veterans.

Film: Atlantic Stars

Documentary showing the journey of VIP meeting local Atlantic Star veterans and hearing their stories about life at sea and the celebrations at the end of the war.

Animations: The Big Ears Day & Lucky

Two animations produced by school children at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School with artist Anne Wilkins, inspired by stories told to them by Atlantic Star veterans. Find out what happens to Jack’s ears after wearing headphones for two days and why John felt he was a lucky man.

24 May – 6 June FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

Front windows and First Floor

Photographs: Star Men

Veterans in Practice and photographer Stephen King captured Atlantic Star veterans in the style of Chambre Hardman (the favoured military portrait photographer of World War II). They also photographed veterans at home, in their living rooms.

28 May / 6pm Cost: 25p (World War II cinema prices) from FACT box office

The Cruel Sea (1953) and Atlantic Stars

Classic film based on the 1951 novel by Nicholas Monsarrat, following the lives of a group of Royal Navy sailors fighting the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. Also a chance to see the Atlantic Stars documentary on the big screen.

25, 26 & 27 May HMCS Iroquois, Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal, Princes Parade, Liverpool  and HMS Edinburgh, Cammell Laird, Campbelltown Road, Birkenhead

Star Stories: Veterans in Practice interviewed Atlantic Star veterans in their homes about their incredible travels and the experiences they had during the Battle of the Atlantic. Hear these interviews over the tannoy of the ships during the commemorative weekend.

All content will be archived and made available online here at under the ‘Star Gazing Programme’ page on the top menu bar