New attractions at military museum

The East England Military Museum at Barnham has eunveiled new additions to its arsenal - including a fully functional second world war tank.

Wanderers may hear the grinding chug of metal wheels and caterpillar tracks in the normally peaceful woods around Elveden, near Thetford.

The East England Military Museum at Barnham, which opened for the year this weekend, has unveiled new additions to its arsenal - including a fully functional second world war tank.

This year the museum has yet again expanded its collection, with new exhibits including tanks from the movies.

Among the displays is a full size replica first world war tank, built for a film.

“It is the first time for many years that the classic shape has been on the estate where the very first tank crews trained in the First World War,” said curator Shaun Hindle.

He said the museum held a major part of the Royal Artillery Historical Trust's reserve collection including artillery and anti-tank guns from Britain, America, Germany and Russia, as well as many exhibits from the National Army museum.

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But the highlight is the museum's first running second world war tank - the mighty “Comet,” powered by a “Spitfire” engine.

Mr Hindle added that the museum is still expanding needs more volunteers to join its platoon of helpers.

The East England Military Museum is off the A134 at Barnham. Heading south, turn right at the traffic lights and carry on until you see the signs to the museum. The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays and bank holidays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Admission is adults £3, children/concessions £2.50, family £10 (2 adults, 2 children), children under 5 years free. Anyone interested in becoming a helper should inquire at the museum.

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