Museum director William Sullivan discusses plans for the IMWM

My business idea is to transform 20 acres of farmland into a military war museum and also a military park.

The military museum is going to be 5,000 square feet in size. It will be a ‘hands on’ history.
Outside, there will be a fort of 10,000 square feet – 5,000 feet of that will be actually be full scale World War 1 trenches, and then 5,000 square feet of beach, with all the obstacles soldiers would have met on D-Day.

In the park will be a petting zoo, zorbing, ziplines and clay pigeon shooting that’s done by laser. People can actually learn to drive one of these vehicles here, and they can learn how to do archery as well. We’ll also being running shows, up to 4 or 5 different shows a year, such as vintage cars, vintage tractors, plus military shows.

The type of items we’ll have here in the museum will be anything from World War 1 to World War 2, and we go back as far as Napoleonic times up to the modern day, where we have modern tanks and armour. We cover the evolution of armour over the centuries, from Medieval times to today, and see how much and actually how little has changed over centuries.

What we are doing in the museum which is unique is we’re covering the curriculum in the schools. It’s a real hands on history. Visitors can pick up items and put on uniforms. It’s interactive and it’s all about having fun. That’s the idea of the museum – they don’t even know they’re learning as they’re having so much fun.

As the curriculum changes each year, the museum will evolve and change for that curriculum.

Inside we’ll have 2 cinema rooms – one doing WW1 and the other doing WW2. We’ll also have a gift shop and small coffee shop.

We’re estimating approximately 60,000 visitors a year. Next year will be a big year because it’s the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of World War 1.

 

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