Exhibitions

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THE TANK STORY | 1915 - Present Day

Over 30 of the most important armoured fighting vehicles in history tell the story of the tank in context with the tumultuous events of the last century.

Find out how this important British invention has helped shape world history with its domination of the battlefield, and hear fascinating accounts from those who have operated and faced them in combat.

THE TRENCH EXPERIENCE | France 1916

Walk in the footsteps of a First World War soldier – from the recruiting office to the front-line trenches.

Find out why the tank was invented to break the stalemate on the Somme and see the first tank attack in history.

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TANK MEN | The Story of the First Tank Crews

The lives and experiences of eight British soldiers of the First World War are the focus of Tank Men – which celebrates the pioneers of tank warfare. You will be moved by powerful human stories of some of the first men in history to see action in tanks.

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WARHORSE TO HORSEPOWER | The Rise of The Tank

How the mud of the Western Front saw the beginning of the end for horse mounted cavalry and the rise of the tank.

Discover the many ways in which the British Army used horses and why it chose to mechanise in the years after the First World War – with stories from the horse’s mouth!

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WW2: WAR STORIES | Royal Armoured Corps 1939-1945

WW2: War Stories tells the history of the men of the Royal Armoured Corps through a series of campaigns and battles, beginning with the British counter-attack at Arras in 1940 and finishing with the fall of Germany in 1945.

First-hand testimony from tank crewmen is at the centre of the displays. Their written and spoken words will feature across graphic panels, films, showcases and set-piece recreations.

The second phase of WW2: War Stories will be completed in May 2021. 

 

 

TANK FACTORY | The Tank Maker’s Story

Step into the industrial world of design, manufacture and assembly as the story of the people who built tanks is told in an authentic factory setting.

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BATTLEGROUP AFGHANISTAN | Helmand Province 2011

Explore a recreated Forward Operating Base to see the living conditions of soldiers on operations in the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Hear first-hand accounts an honest feedback from soldiers on the equipment and vehicles the used.

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COLD WAR | Post-WWII Tanks

Cold War Hall

See the Museum's collection of vehicles from the Cold and Gulf War. 

VEHICLE CONSERVATION CENTRE | Conservation in Action

This vast hall houses over 100 armoured fighting vehicles, including a wide variety of unique prototypes and testbed vehicles.

These are viewable from a balcony featuring an exhibition on the conservation work that takes place in the Museum Workshop.

The Floor of the Vehicle Conservation Centre (VCC) is open during Special Events and during some special access tours.

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LIVE ACTION DISPLAYS | Tanks in Action

Tanks in Action

On weekdays during the Dorset Easter, May and Summer school holidays, see tanks roll into action during our Tanks in Action display.

Feel the ground shake and learn how tanks are used in battle during this entertaining 30-minute display. Lifelike explosions, thundering engines and expert commentary.

TRACKED VEHICLE RIDES | Ride the M548

Vehicle Rides

During the Dorset Easter, May and Summer school holidays, experience for yourself the thrill of riding in a tracked vehicle.

This working example of military hardware seats 16 people at a time – so the whole family can jump on together! Extra charge applies.

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