My recent trip to the Lake District has inspired me to discover more about the area where I live, and to make the effort to visit those places much closer to Beetley that I have so far neglected.
Yesterday, I set off to see The Muckleburgh Military Collection, which is close to Weybourne, a very attractive village on the coast of North Norfolk. I went alone, as this place is of little interest to Julie, and left Ollie at home too, so I would not have to leave him outside. This area has been the site of defences since the time of the Spanish Armada, and was used extensively during both world wars. It was an artillery base from 1936 until as recently as 1958, specialising in anti-aircraft defences and training. The camp is still used today by the RAF, who operate a radar receiving station there. Because of this, much of the area is out of bounds, and owned by the Ministry of Defence. Walking around is discouraged, as some parts still have live land mines present.
It was opened as a museum in 1988, and houses exhibits in the original buildings, as well as operating Tank Drives and rides in military vehicles outside, in the high season. Over 150 tanks, armoured cars, and artillery pieces can be seen there, as well as other light vehicles, displays of personal weapons, and shells. Separate exhibits show medals and uniforms, and also feature the local regiment The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry. There is a large collection of models too, as well as some dioramas.
I took over sixty photos during my visit, and they will feature in a series of blog posts to come.
If you can’t wait, here is a link to their website.