As can be seen from the photos below, the collection is extensive and does cover the use of the Vickers MG in considerable depth, rather than the breadth of a ‘normal’ weapons collection of museum.
For a preview of the collection, please watch our videos here on YouTube.
It is possible to handle and photograph items from the collection, within some constraints for security and safety, and the collection can accommodate individuals through to groups of up to 20 people.
A routine visit is likely to last about two to three hours but can be expanded if necessary. It can also incorporate a presentation on the growth of the collection and the development and use of the machine gun and machine gunnery as a tactic. This can be adapted depending on any specific period or use of interest.
It can also include a firing demonstration using blank ammunition, subject to availability and circumstances.
The collection is located near Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. The address and directions will be provided as required.
For 2020, we try to allocate one (usually the last) weekend per month where we can accommodate visits. We have also introduced open days where individuals can come along rather than requiring a minimum group size. The availability for 2020 is below.
- 22 February 2020 – Open Day – Book through Facebook
- 28 March 2020 – Historic Breechloading Smallarms Association – POSTPONED
- April 2020 – Essex Branch, Western Front Association – POSTPONED
- 30 May 2020 – Open Day – Book through Eventbrite
- 20 June 2020 – Friends of the Tank Museum / Ordnance Society
- July 2020 – Private group
- August 2020 – Currently available
- September 2020 – Currently available
- 25 October 2020 – Glider Pilot Regiment Society
- November 2020 – VMGCRA Members and Annual General Meeting
If you have a group and wish to have a separate visit to those listed above, please get in touch. To arrange a visit, then please use the form below or contact me.
Donations are appreciated when visiting the collection, to help cover the costs of keeping it displayed in this way. Previous groups have provided a minimum of £10 per attendee.
A fantastic set up that’s very informative and well run. Highly recommended.
Excellent source of information, highly recommend the page for those interested in the Vickers MG.
For enthusiasts of historical weapons and collections, this is the place to visit. The meticulous detail that Richard has captured is testament to his enthusiasm, dedication and research. The collection is highly recommended to young and old. A day out to remember.
Richard’s knowledge base regarding this sphere of weaponry is unsurpassed. A recent visit with some colleagues from Germany was again excellent. Thank you RF
Absolutely superb visit. Thank you very much indeed for a thoroughly enjoyable and informative few hours.
Brilliant collection well worth a visit. I can not recommend this enough for anymore with an interest in WW1 or Firearms.
Ordered a badged mug as my great grandfather was in MGC in WW1, lovely item and arrived very quickly
If your interested in these iconic weapons, then this is the place to come to see these weapons from ww1 & ww2 .
what a fantastic collection of related manuals, literature and displays.a very useful online collection of information.The Vickers mg association are definitely the go to guys when it comes to all things Vickers in the UK.well worth a visit.
A great place for lovers of both the Vickers MG and history in general. They have done so much research to help us all out!
The collection moved in summer 2019 to a new building but some of the photos from the previous permanent display are below.