Not everyone can say they’ve helped change the tracks on a Chieftain Main Battle Tank.
But that’s exactly the sort of thing volunteers in The Tank Museum’s Workshop will be getting their hands dirty with.
With the museum’s showcase event `TANKFEST` just weeks away, new Workshop Volunteer Manager Andy Price is looking to assemble a new army of volunteers to help keep the Museum’s fleet of historic running vehicles in working order.
He said; “I’m looking for 10 or more new volunteers; preferably with engineering skills but this isn’t essential. Training will be given so it’s more important that volunteers are reliable and committed to working on a wide variety of different projects.”
And it’s not just a job for the boys. He’s already found his first new recruit in Gwyneth Wright from Somerset.
Right: Volunteers working on the Tiger tank.
She said; “I had never been to The Tank Museum until I recently visited with my brother. His interest in a particular tank led to a conversation with a volunteer who was incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming. He encouraged me to come back and find out what volunteering here was all about and I’m really enjoying mucking in with such a great group of volunteers and staff.”
“I have crewed and commanded tanks in the Museum’s live displays helped in planning the logistics for the museum’s annual TANKFEST event and am looking forward to doing some work on a World War Two Stuart tank.”
Gwyneth has also spent time in the Museum’s Archive and Library where she has helped catalogue and index a variety of papers and documents relating to the history of armoured warfare.
“It’s great supporting the work of a charity like The Tank Museum; the work is fascinating and the camaraderie is fantastic” she added. “We all feel that our contribution is important in preserving the heritage of the British Army and keeping the story of armoured warfare alive for future generations.”
Right: The team of essential volunteers without whom The Tank Museum could not stage TANKFEST.
The Workshop Volunteer Manager role has been created ahead of a proposed expansion at The Tank Museum, which will see its workshop conservation facilities expanded and enhanced.
“We already have a number of volunteers without whom we couldn’t stage events like TANKFEST, but we would like to see a great deal more volunteer activity at The Tank Museum.” Andy added. “We will consider anyone who is dedicated to regularly helping us out. All we ask is that they can spare us a few hours every week – and not be too afraid of a bit of mud and oil!”
Sign Up Now!Find out how to apply here.Below: Volunteer vehicle crews at Tiger Day in March.
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