Over the weekend I visited a small but very interesting military museum that I have known about for some time but never, until now, managed to visit. The Bay Museum is run entirely by volunteers and only opens on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am & 4pm (free admission) and whenever I have been in the area before it has been closed. They do do visits by appointment outside those hours but you'll need to phone and arrange this.
The building itself is very small, just two rooms and a narrow staircase between them, but each room is jam packed with artefact's from both the world wars. First World War items are displayed upstairs and downstairs is an excellent WWII collection. The volunteers I spoke to were both well informed and very enthusiastic about their collection. I took my youngest daughter in here while the wife went to a local market and we happily whiled away over an hour in the museum chatting to the staff and looking at the exhibits. I took a few pictures and here is a small taster of what you can find inside this collection.
|A nice selection of WWI German Pickelhaube and other items.|
|The selection of exhibits is eclectic and very interesting|
|A First World War Lewis Gun and other weapons on display|
|'Action Man' figures in WWI infantry uniforms|
|The WWII collection downstairs included several Naval items and some interesting medal groups|
|A nice collection of Desert Rats related memorabilia|
|Replica cap badges and medal ribbons as worn by Viscount Montgomery|
|More Naval items including this excellent model|
|More models this time of an early short barrelled Panzer IV and a Tiger Tank.|
There is loads to see and I'll have to make another trip at some point to explore the collection more fully. If you are in the area on a Sunday or Bank Holiday this is well worth a quick visit. There are a load more pictures on the museum website and details of how they can be contacted if you have any queries or would like to arrange a special visit.