The Tank Museum wins £2m National Lottery Support

Conservation in Action

2nd August 2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed its support for next phase of The Tank Museum’s redevelopment plan, which will include new Workshops.

The ‘Conservation in Action’ project is the fourth stage of the Museum’s redevelopment master plan, which has now received over £14m of Heritage Lottery Fund support in the last decade.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “The Tank Museum has been on a journey of redevelopment and conservation for the last 12 years. We’re proud to be continuing our support for this fine museum with a further £2m of funding to supporting the concluding part of its plans. 

HLF visitorsThe Museum has taken a specialist subject – military vehicles - and presented it in a way that makes it enjoyable and interesting to a wide range of visitors. It achieves brilliantly the aim at the very heart of our work – opening up heritage for all – and we are grateful to National Lottery players for making this possible.”

Museum Director Richard Smith said; “The purpose of the ‘Conservation in Action’ programme is to address the long term, sustainable care of our unique fleet of vehicles and the development of new ways for the public to encounter them through original, imaginative approaches to interpretation.

“In short, we will transform our facilities, develop our skills, deepen our knowledge and widen the horizons of staff, visitors and all the people we work with.”

The new workshop will be significantly larger and better equipped than the existing facility. It will be situated adjacent to the Vehicle Conservation Centre which was built in 2013.

“The new workshop will increase the amount of conservation work that can be done on our collection,” said Richard. “This in turn will allow us to host a new apprentice scheme to train the next generation of conservators and restorers.”

Site VisualThe funding will support a research programme to build up the body of knowledge and develop best practice for the care of historic vehicles, which will be used to train future staff.

“Surprisingly little is known about the long term storage and operation of historic vehicles, and this is critical to ensuring we still have a collection in a hundred years”, added Richard.

There are also plans to work more closely with local schools and universities, along with exciting plans to reach new audiences through the use of digital media. 

“We will develop our already successful use of Facebook and YouTube to reach an even wider audience than those who are able to visit,” Richard explained. “We will cover our restoration projects in YouTube videos and share our collections and their stories on Facebook to give more people than ever access to the work, expertise and assets of The Tank Museum”.

Construction of the new Workshop building is expected to commence in September and be completed by May 2018.