Good news for the Tank Museum. Following an announcement by the new chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, Stephen Boyce, funding has been secured to build new workshops and train apprentices to restore and maintain historic vehicles at Bovington.
The Tank Museum has secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a £2.1million grant to build a 16,000 square foot, seven-bay workshop and launch a training scheme for young people. This will create more space to maintain its fleet and equip young people with the vital skills to work on them in the future.
Skilled apprentices are greatly sought after in the heritage motor industry – which covers both tanks and classic cars. The scheme aims to provide young people, including those with no mechanical experience, with a spring board to future job opportunities as well as addressing the skills shortage within the industry.
At the same time, the museum will strengthen connections with a growing online audience. Its partnership with Wargaming, publishers and developers of the game `World of Tanks` and sponsor of the museum’s annual TankFest, has seen an unprecedented number of young gamers turn a virtual interest for tanks into a fascination for the real thing. This interest means the sold out event has had 20,000 visitors and more than a million online viewers have seen and shared content worldwide.