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Centenary Celebrations

Find out how we’re celebrating our 100th birthday and how you can get involved. 

Whether it’s visiting our new exhibition, Tanks for the Memories (opening April 2023), getting your hands on some centenary merchandise, or coming to a Bowie and Meatloaf tribute concert, there’s tonnes of ways you can celebrate our centenary with us.

The Tank Museum is based at Bovington – the main training centre for tanks in the First World War. Tanks were returned to the fields around the current Museum at the end of the war and some were saved as examples to teach new Tank Corps soldiers about vehicle development.

In 1923, Rudyard Kipling is believed to have suggested more should be done to preserve these important vehicles. A shed was found to house what was to become the collection, which over the last 100 years has grown to the modern, unique attraction it is today. You can watch the video above.

Centenary Events

February Half Term 100th Birthday Bash

Join us for our 100th birthday celebrations this February Half Term, with centenary and party themed fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Baking Battle

Love baking? Join us for our 100th Birthday Baking Battle, featuring Great British Bake-Off 2022 winner Syabira Yusoff.

Centenary Concert

As part of The Tank Museum’s centenary celebrations, we’re working with Open Air Concerts to bring you a fantastic double headline concert.

Centenary Merchandise

New Exhibition

New for 2023, “Tanks for the Memories: The Tank in Popular Culture”, is an exhibition looking at how the tank has become a cultural icon through the manufacture of multiple toys, games, models, and the production of works of art, books, comics, video games and films.

Created for our 100th anniversary, this exhibition will open in April 2023.

Centenary News

The Tank Museum in 100 Objects Book Launch

The Tank Museum has released a new book to mark it’s 100th birthday.  ...

100 Birthday Themed February Half Term

Join The Tank Museum’s 100th birthday celebrations this February Half Term with tonnes of party themed fun for the whole family!...

Bake Off winner making tracks for Dorset

The Great British Bake Off winner Syabira Yusoff has revealed herself to be a tank fanatic and will be visiting Dorset’s Tank Museum....