Designed by Cooper Cromar, The Tank Museum’s new, Heritage Lottery funded, Vehicle Conservation Centre (VCC) has opened in Dorset.
Unveiled by broadcaster Dan Snow, a trustee of the museum, the Centre is pivotal to the future of The Tank Museum, providing 40,000ft² of publicly accessible and environmental controlled storage space capable of housing the museum’s entire collection indoors for the first time.
The new hall includes a public observation gallery providing a panoramic view across the collection, and an exhibition on how the Museum maintains and cares for its unique collection of armoured fighting vehicles and provide the facilities to allow simultaneous volunteer led conservation projects.
Dan Snow said, “Yet again the Tank Museum has produced an absolutely world class facility. The new vehicle space gives them a chance to display even more of the collection. Being able to stand on that mezzanine level and look down on the packed ranks of tanks is a thrill. The Tank Museum is fantastic, and the best thing is that it's still growing."
The completion of the Centre has been timed to coincide with First World War centenary celebrations across the country in 2014.