Tank Museum introduces New Tank Factory Exhibition

The Tank Museum at Bovington, England has announced the opening of a exhibition with explores the design and manufacture of British armored vehicles from 1916 to the present.  According to the Museum website:

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition tells the often overlooked story of the men and women who built these complex war machines and how the demands of factory life affected the workforce and wider society. The display also showcases an impressive line-up of vehicles and through a series of themed bays, cover a variety of topics including Materials, Armour and Weapons and Testing.

The exhibition covers issues around who builds tanks and why they look the way they do, what makes a good and bad tank and, via a touchscreen interactive, the public have the chance to design their own armoured vehicle. ‘Tank Factory’ is housed in one of the older museum buildings – a perfect backdrop as it is in fact an old factory building – re-erected at the site in the 1998. The main centrepiece is a production line of Centurion tanks, arguably the best tank Britain ever made.

Tiger Day at the Tank Museum May 2

tiger dayFor those that plan to be the in Bovington England area this spring, be sure to reserve your ticket for Tiger day at the Tank Museum.  This will be one of only two times this year that Tiger 131, the only operational Tiger I tank in existence, will be publicly run in the Museum’s outdoor arena.  According to the museum website, the Museum will open at 10.00am with a range of World War Two talks and tours taking place throughout the day, including the opportunity to get close to Tiger.  The Vehicle Conservation Centre will be open from 10am – 5pm allowing access to the main floor, this allows visitors unprecedented access to the museum’s extended collection of tanks and other military vehicles.

Video of Tiger Day 2014.