Princess Anne opens new Museum Workshops

State-of-the-art facilities.

19th May 2018

The Princess Royal visited The Tank Museum today to open the state-of-the-art, Heritage Lottery Funded, workshops.

As part of the opening, a newly-restored Matilda II tank was presented to Princess Anne and has been named ‘Princess Royal’ in her honour. The Matilda II tank is the star of the YouTube series, The Matilda Diaries, and has undergone a three year long restoration to running order.

Workshop Opening PlaqueThe workshops are the fourth phase of the Museum’s redevelopment, which has received £14m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund over the last 12 years.

Situated next to the Vehicle Conservation Centre, the workshops will allow more work to be carried out on the Museum’s world-class collection.

Museum director Richard Smith said: "We feel extremely honoured to have our new, state-of-the-art facility opened by the Princess Royal.

"The workshops will greatly increase the amount of conservation work that can be done on our collection."

As Princess Anne opened the state-of-the-art facility, she expressed her pleasure that there was a large educational element to it.

She mentioned how it would benefit apprentices and those taking internships.

The Princess Royal also congratulated all those involved; volunteers, staff, and those who contributed to making a success of the museum and raising its profile not just in Dorset but worldwide.

Outgoing chairman of trustees Peter Gilchrist CB said the day had been planned 20 years ago when it was decided to make Bovington home to the ‘best tank museum in the world’.

The first project for the Workshop will be the restoration of a Churchill Mark IV tank.