Meet the Norfolk man with 1,200 guns in his shed
- Credit: Gregg Brown
A man's shed has long been a place for him to pursue his passions.
And that is certainly the case for Rod Scott, who has filled his with a military memorabilia collection it has taken him six decades to compile.
The 70-year-old former chairman of the Desert Rats Association, which is based in Mundford, has been interested in militaria since he was a boy and has picked up pieces from auctions, antique shops and acquaintances within the military over the years.
His collection features more than 1,200 guns – all of which are licensed.
They are a mixture of sporting and military weapons used in battles including the Napoleonic and Franco-Prussian wars.
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Mr Scott said: 'It is a hobby that I am absolutely absorbed in. It gives me more pleasure than I could begin to tell you. I don't promote war, but it's about all the little things that are left behind.'
In a display about Tipu Sultan, who was killed in a siege by the British army in India in 1799, there are two rampart guns featuring Tipu's original engravings and a rare handheld cannon dating from around 1600, as well as a tiger skin and skull.
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Mr Scott invites some visitors to see his makeshift museum. His collection of weapons from the American Civil War prompted Robert Kennedy, a cousin of the former American president, to pay a visit. A former Crown Prince of Austria has also been among his visitors.
Because of the nature – and value – of Mr Scott's collection, his shed, in an undisclosed location, is not quite like others: it is concrete, with walls and a floor several inches thick and alarm systems connected to five local police stations.
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