Our members have achieved a number of successes in the past, these can be considered as engaging with a large and diverse population, for example, the London New Year’s Day Parade, where we supplied the vehicle display at Hyde Park during the official VE Day celebrations or a request from a member of the public who wished to fulfil their elderly fathers wish to see a lorry he drove during his service in the army. All of these have had impacts in their own way. The nice surprise to the veteran brought about sharing experiences during his service that he had never done so to his family before and they learnt things about him they never knew. The look of delight on his face in itself is a rewarding enough experience for the owners also.
We also support many other organisations, some of which have major historical significance such as Highlands House in Chelmsford, (home of the SAS during WW2), to local school fetes and museums such as the Chelmsford Industrial Museum, where we were asked to put on a display of radio equipment during the Marconi Day celebrations.
We're looking forwards to 2018 to be one of our busiest years yet, with numerous activities with the climax of the World War 1 centenary. Events throughout the county and surrounding areas are expected to dramatically increase, with a number of high profile book launches, substantial media interest and school visit requests helping to increase the public awareness considerably. Our partnership with the Imperial War Museum will be of great benefit as we intend to make some of this information available through exhibition displays.
Looking ahead, we have many projects in the pipeline, including plans to improve our mobile exhibition facilities. Unfortunately these plans have been delayed including gaining the required funding. Our Long term goals will be the setting up of a permanent base where we can use this to run exhibitions through all eras from WW1 to the Cold War and the Falklands conflict. This will mean we will be able to be much more active during the winter periods, as well as offering us the ability to have a classroom area for schools. We are already working towards this goal with a small team of volunteers.
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