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Tank Museum’s new exhibition opens with live online show

by | May 6, 2021 | Community News

The Tank Museum in Dorset is opening its new World War Two exhibition with a
live, online tour.
Anyone can tune in on YouTube on Thursday May 13 at 11am to get a first glimpse
of the WW2: War Stories exhibition.
During the tour, museum curator David Willey and Richard Cutland, from sponsors
World of Tanks, will highlight compelling and moving stories.
There will also be live interviews with veterans who actually used some of the 57
vehicles in the exhibition.
A huge swastika flag and a Union flag that were both at the Siege of Tobruk are
amongst the items on display, and details about this battle of attrition in 1941 are
told.
If the roadmap to opening up from the lockdown goes ahead as planned, people
will be able to visit the Bovington Museum in person from May 17 and see the new
WW2 exhibition.

First-hand testimony from tank crewmen is at the centre of the displays which will
take visitors in chronological order through the war.
Each battle is represented by objects, graphics and vehicles – telling the story of the
Royal Armoured Corps.
The exhibition plots the war from the start, when experimental vehicles were
developed, to the end when tanks helped liberate the concentration camps.
The museum has one of the largest YouTube followings of any similar attraction
and it has grown sharply through the pandemic.
David Willey said: “There has been a lot happening behind the scenes during the
latest lockdown and it includes the new exhibition which is the culmination of three
years’ planning.
“We have used our online profile to great effect over the last year and we decided
to open the exhibition online.
“Also, we have followers around the word who are unable to visit, so our online
offering is of interest to them. And students studying the war also find our output
of use.
“As ever, we want to tell the human stories and not just show off the hardware and
vehicles – although of course there are many on show.
“That is why we wanted to include interviews with veterans who were actually there
and we have several who will be involved.
“YouTube is a useful medium because people can leave comments and ask
questions and we’ll do what we can to answer them.

“We believe this is a great exhibition with new stories, objects and vehicles that
show the war in another way.”