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 – Facebook-based open day
- 28 March 2020 – Historic Breechloading Smallarms Association
- April 2020 – Essex Branch, Western Front Association
- 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.
The collection moved in summer 2019 to a new building but some of the photos from the previous permanent display are below.