Good Museums.

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by von Poop, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    If you like the Kingtiger(P) they've got there then get yourself down to 'Tankfest' on the 25th. The Henschell Koenigstiger from Shrivenham will be on public display for the first time ever, not often you see 2 PzVIBs' in the same place.

    Its a fair treck for me. When my little lad gets a bit bigger.
     
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    HMS Alliance is well worth a visit. I took my two grandsons there a few years ago and they really enjoyed it, the guided tour of the submarine is given by a submariner who knows his stuff. Also near by is HMS Victory, both, and more, can be seen in one day.
     
  4. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    For those interested, the Tank museum at Bovington have now annual tickets for admission. When you get your ticket it is valid for one year from time of purchase and means you can go as many times as you like in that year. This has come about as a ruling concerning charity status and the like, it is on the website.

    So no excuses now for not going!!


    http://www.tankmuseum.co.uk/visitorhome.html
     
  5. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    Another museum worth a visit is the Radar museum at Horning in Norfolk. There are outdoor exhibits, and rooms with the layout of the base in the second world war. Guided tours from former officers are free and take place at five to and twenty five past the hour.

    In another part of the museum is the original cold war ops room used up until 1993. This place was linked up to Thule in Greenland, Fylingdales and the underground bunker in mid America Cheyenne? The four minute warning and the layout of the ops room is explained as is the contingency plans in the event of war with the Soviets. Maybe a bit technical for some tastes, but of interest if you are more into the technical side. Even if your not you'll learn what happens when an aircraft shows up on screen to deploying fighters to engage.

    The guides explain how hostile and friendly aircraft were tracked and the process for passing this information down to the fighter/ nightfighter stations.
    The RAF used to get WAAF's with maths degrees working on some of the posts. They are pretty thorough on detail. Even if you are not a radar buff but into ww2RAFfighters and the like this will fill in the gaps.



    http://www.radarmuseum.co.uk/
     
  6. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    HMS Alliance is well worth a visit. I took my two grandsons there a few years ago and they really enjoyed it, the guided tour of the submarine is given by a submariner who knows his stuff. Also near by is HMS Victory, both, and more, can be seen in one day.

    It's a big pity that Birkenhead museum closed, the tour of the U-boat and going aboard HMS Onyx and HMS Plymouth was well worth the visit
     
  7. plant-pilot

    plant-pilot Senior Member

    For those interested, the Tank museum at Bovington have now annual tickets for admission. When you get your ticket it is valid for one year from time of purchase and means you can go as many times as you like in that year. This has come about as a ruling concerning charity status and the like, it is on the website.

    So no excuses now for not going!!


    http://www.tankmuseum.co.uk/visitorhome.html

    I just flash my Army ID and walk into any of the military museums. Makes all the pain and suffering a little easier to bear :)
     
  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    I just flash my Army ID and walk into any of the military museums. Makes all the pain and suffering a little easier to bear :)

    Good to see it provides some extra advantages.
     
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Just adding a plug for the RE museum at Chatham.
    Visited it last weekend and this is no 'ordinary' regimental museum, excellent collection of vehicles and artifacts, blood-stained maps of Waterloo, DDay Steam Engine, IRA mortars made from Gas Canisters etc etc. (the Bulldozer Kitted for air-dropping is also superb).
    Very friendly and helpful staff.
    Highly reccomended.
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    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  10. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    The u-boat has been moved to Barrow, where it is going to be centre stage. Apparently bought by a businessman.
     
  11. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    Hate you now.
     
  12. ypresman

    ypresman Member

    Duxford has to get a mention. The majority of it is of course aircraft but there is a very good Land Warfare hanger with lots of interesting items.
    If you can go on one of the guided tours of the Land Warfare exhiibition. The people who run them are veterans and give an insite you are unable to get from just looking.
    I agree. Just returned, what an absolute fantastic place...I will post a few photos, if I can..
    Cheers
    Marc.
     

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  13. ypresman

    ypresman Member

    Hi
    Just to add a few more photos...
    An excellent place!
    Cheers
    Marc.
     

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  14. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Found a floor of the Museum at the old port in Chania, Crete, is dedicated to the Battle for Crete 1941. Some good photo's and stories in there.
     

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  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Great Pics chaps!
    Seems that Duxford's popularity really is very high at the moment (shame about the usual shop though :))
    That Greek Memorial is beautiful...

    Just adding a plug for EDEN CAMP as it get's mentioned a lot but hasn't been put on here.

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  16. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    What sort of numbers do they they get through the turnstiles? Any idea?
     
  17. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    If it's Duxford , it will be getting good numbers due to the school holidays closeness to London and the A1. A lot of the clientele are school age.
     
  18. HistryBuff

    HistryBuff Junior Member

    Like Loki i suggets the Canadian National war museum. I live in Gatineau, and Ottawa so i've been there many times. I'd say my favourite part of the museum is the basement where they have an imprssive collection of tanks, jeeps, canons, artillery & AA guns etc. alot of which is from WW1 and WW2. They also have a German radio station type thing from WW2 that they found in Cape Breton i think in the 80's, what I found funny is the Nazi's had written "Canadian Meteorological Society".
     
  19. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    Cheers,
    Adam.
    VP went there today,like you say well worth a visit. They have put a lot of effort into it. Some of the scenarios are thought out. Only trouble that much literature on the walls ran out of time will have to go another time. The u-boat scenario was a bit of a let down. A lot of stuff in one spot will take more than 5-6 hours to get through that lot. Car park was packed solid. At £4.50 a shot one to see.
     
  20. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    The Hack Green underground bunker has a website it might be of interest for affectionados of the cold war era. It might be of interest to Kitty being in her neck of the woods. http://www.hackgreen.co.uk/index.htm

    Nice to see that local government wallahs would have been looked after, reassuring.
     

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