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A potted history of the first year of the Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre

A potted history of the first year of the Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre

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    The Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre - The first year The Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre - The first year Presentation Transcript

    • About Barry at War • Established May 2010 • To research, preserve and promote the region`s wartime heritage and the effect it has had on its residents • Provides support to schools library and community groups • Organisers of the Barry Wartime Weekend event
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Established November 2012 • Partnership between Barry at War and the Barry Tourist Railway • A First World War Centenary Partner of the Imperial War Museum • Provide support to local heritage & community groups • Received £2000 VCVS Kickstart Grant to fund display equipment • Funded by visitor donations • Run by Volunteers • Open every Wed afternoon and one Sunday a month
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • The Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre is loosely divided into four sections: – Frontline Glamorgan – Pudding Lane – Over There – General Displays
    • Frontline Glamorgan • Frontline Glamorgan shows life on the Home Front during the World War Two • Centrepiece of the display is a genuine ‘Anderson’ air raid shelter and a 1940s style Kitchen Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Frontline Glamorgan: Anderson Shelter • Our genuine Anderson Shelter shows items that would have been in one during WWII • Designed in 1938 Anderson Shelters were designed to accommodate up to six people • In Barry by May 1940, of the 5,294 Anderson Shelters requisitioned only 3,508 had been delivered and just 300 had been built Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Frontline Glamorgan: Wartime Kitchen • Our 1940s Kitchen represents a home during the Second World War • Notice the ration cards, and the weekly ration laid out on a plate • Notice also the US Army Rations on the shelf, and an Orange. These were usually only sold to pregnant women. Has our wartime housewife a secret? Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Over There • Designed to remind visitors that our Armed Forces are still serving their country in danger spots around the world • Display shows a soldier reflecting outside of a desert dwelling that could be located in any of the desert regions in which our Forces are serving • Most items on loan by Sgt Kristian Orton, who wore the uniform on one of his four tours of Afghanistan with B Company, Royal Welsh Fusiliers Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Pudding Lane • 2014 marks the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War • ‘Pudding Lane’ seeks to show visitors life in a late-war trench of the Western Front • Named after a trench on the Somme Battlefield, France • Built as a proof of concept, in the hope that a larger building can be found, in which to create a larger exhibit Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Pudding Lane • Features include an Officers Dug Out office, a firing step, a trench periscope and a trench periscope through which you can watch a ‘battle’ • Jacket and helmet available for children to wear • Often staffed by a First World War expert, with rifle and equipment for visitors to examine Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Display Cabinets • Built locally to our modular design, the cabinets are designed for easy wheelchair access • Three display cabinets are: – Glamorgan’s RAF Heritage – Home Front & Merchant Navy – Army and weaponry • Funded by visitor donations • Exhibits owned by Barry at War are regularly loaned to local schools Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Model Collection • Barry at War have an extensive collection of models that are used in displays around Barry, including around 100 RAF aircraft • The large scale Sherman tank is popular with partially sighted visitors • We are currently seeking funding for a large scale First World War Tank that can be used to support Glamorgan’s Centenary Programme, and a display cabinet to be located in Barry Library Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre: Progress • Empty room in poor state – Wall plastered – Window bricked up – Doorway bricked up – Leaking roof repaired DAY ONE: OCTOBER 2012
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Display cabinets purchased • Two female mannequins donated by Cadoxton Primary School • First Open Day raised funds for improvements NOVEMBER 2012
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • ‘Wartime Christmas’ open day raised funds for further improvements DECEMBER 2012
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Display cabinets purchased • Walls painted • Anderson Shelter removed form Barry garden, and rebuilt in the museum DECEMBER 2012
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • First World War Trench display begun • January Open Day raised funds for improvements JANUARY 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Pudding Lane First World War trench experience launched at open day • Open Day raised funds for further improvements March 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Kick Start Grant for £2000 awarded by the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services • The ONLY public funding so far received • Paid for display boards and this projector April 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Programme of free evening lectures launched • Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster’s Raid held to remember Barrian, Sgt Gordon Yeo, RAF who was killed during the raid May 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • June Open Day held to coincide with the Barry Festival of Transport, also at Barry Island June 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre and Barry Tourist Railway held the annual Barry Wartime Weekend event • Attracted around 5000 visitors • Raised much needed funds • Highlight was a life sized replica Spitfire August 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Wartime Kitchen built • Wartime ration exhibit purchased September 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Barry at War provided support to the Barry RAFA 75th anniversary • Model aircraft displayed in Barry Library • ‘Model Aircraft Day’ displayed our full collection of model aircraft September 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • ‘Over There’ display improved to include storage space hidden in the fake building October 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Museum celebrates its First Anniversary • Became the THIRD most popular attraction in Barry on Trip Advisor • Lecture on ‘Love & War’; Women spies of the First World War November 2013
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Outbreak of the First World War Centenary (Aug 2014) • Normandy Landing 70th Anniversary (June 2014) • Market Garden 70th Anniversary (Sept 2014) • Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary (Dec 2014) Commemorations: 2014
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Continue to improve museum • Seek grant funding to help us to support the commemoration of: – – – – – – D-Day 70th Anniversary Market Garden 70th Anniversary Battle of Bulge Anniversary First World War Centenary VE Day 70th Anniversary VJ Day 70th Anniversary • Seek larger premises to allow larger First World War display to be constructed Future Plans
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Complete project on Forces Respite areas in partnership with the YMCA • Continue to provide support to local Forces Associations & Community Groups Future Plans
    • Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre • Write letter of support to the papers • Write a review on Trip Advisor • TELL your child’s school about the museum • Donate a few ££ HOW YOU CAN HELP