It has been three months since the Military Museum Scotland opened its doors for the first time and it is going from strength to strength.
In only five weeks from getting the keys to the empty Legion Hall in Wilkieston, a small group of volunteers has managed to create a fantastic museum out of two empty rooms.
Danderhall man Ian Inglis, founder and chairman of the board of trustees, said: “Military Museum Scotland is a registered charity in Scotland with the aim of providing a unique educational experience for primary schools, and for providing military veterans with a place to reminisce and a veterans drop-in advice centre.
“Thanks to the Scottish War Blinded Charity, by renting out an empty building on their estate in Wilkieston, West Lothian, we have managed to achieve our aim. It is still early days, however, the location we are in is only temporary unfortunately, so the hunt goes on for a permanent location for Military Museum Scotland.”
Ian added: “What we need now is more support, not only from the military and veteran community, but from the wider community too. We need funds to continue the excellent work we have started. If you can help in any way, either by donating or doing a fundraising event for the museum, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org but the best way anyone can support the museum is by visiting the museum and then spreading the word.”
The museum has a unique outreach programme where schools or other community groups can book the Mobile Military Museum to come to their location or event.
It was through the mobile museum that it all started, but as the collection grew and the increasing number of queries about a permanent museum, Ian was convinced that there was a need for this type of museum in Scotland.
The museum cannot run itself and it does need many volunteers to help keep it functioning. If you have a few hours to spare every week or month and you want to help, please get in touch. You can find out more by visiting the museum or by having a look at the museum’s Facebook page, Military Museum Scotland SCIO.
The Military Museum Scotland, proudly displays military artefacts dating from WWI right up to the modern day. Initially it was set up as an education resource for schools and a place for veterans to visit and reminisce but as word started to spread about the museums existence, lots of other groups and individuals have visited the museum.
The museum has hosted many care home visits, with residents coming along to reminisce and have a cuppa in the museum’s café. There has also been booked visits by Cadet units and Scout groups. Military associations regularly book the museum for their meetings. The museum’s collection increases daily and new artefacts are always introduced regularly. If you have any items tucked away, that you may think might benefit the museum and the work it does and wish to donate or loan items to the museum, please get in touch.
The museum has a café/gift shop, wheelchair access and facilities for less abled visitors, even the outdoor, WWI trench is accessible by wheelchair users. The museum also hosts monthly talks, usually the last Friday of the month, on various historical/military related topics. All details on this can be found on the Facebook page.