By David Newble
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
David Arnold of the Isle of Wight Military History Museum. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE ISLE of Wight Military History Museum, Northwood, has closed, museum owners have confirmed.
The museum displayed historic tanks and other military memorabilia.
Museum owners said that the collection of military vehicles had already been or, were in the process of being, returned to their rightful owners.
Items donated to the museum have also been found homes in similar museums and collectors.
For the full story, please see this Friday’s Isle of Wight County Press.
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by Gowan Ruler
11th October 2013, at 16:04:47
Mike, the answer: education... my 9 year isnt even allowed to mention the word gun at school let alone play cow boys and indians... his school are to busy saying no instead of educating , I'm not even sure if they teach the 2nd World War anymore... yet a whole generation is learning road saftey on the play station.... another story.
by Mike Crowe
11th October 2013, at 15:41:08
When will people realize that the United Kingdom's Armed Forces are 'defensive' not 'offensive'?
by Lee Majors
11th October 2013, at 15:39:44
Alan, I have just rung Bovington tank museum and told them what you just said, and they are closing their doors as we speak. They had no idea that the 150,000 people who visit them every year did not want to see "articles of war" while on holiday with their kids. So, Alan, I take it that you do not have the History channel on your TV set? I also imagine that as a child you were not allowed to run around while dressed as a cowboy and used a cap gun? The "monstisity" that you mention at Blackgang chine, I imagine that to be the hall of mirrors?
11th October 2013, at 14:42:15
see stories in CP this week on Isle of Wight Heritage at Risk and National Trust walk this Sunday on 'War and Dinosaurs'....Tourism should be varied for all types of people hence my 'shame' statement.. We cant hide from the articles of War as they are also the articles of peace.. see British Army and allied forces in Iraq twice in the last 25 years.. plus numerous other peace keeping missions... War is not the answer I agree. But it is history and we must remember it.
by alan naylor
11th October 2013, at 14:29:35
who wants to go on holiday with their childen and take them to see articuls of war they got rid of the monstisity that stood at blackgang chine and now this one good ridancei too both i say
11th October 2013, at 14:08:10
David, guns=misuse outside strict military control? sorry but thats ridiculous.The olympics? the ability to gain a fires arms certificate? every farmer in the country owning at least one shotgun?4 rifle clubs on the island alone.Our gun laws are some of the strictest in the world and to my opinion to strict, all due to some crazy guy who could have done just the same damage with a land rover in a market...PS I am a memeber of 2 gun clubs and enjoy my chosen sport. Religion can be blamed for conflict throughout the ages but I dont see to many complaints about the church bells?
11th October 2013, at 12:31:47
This is a great shame and yet another island tourism opportunity gone.As the site was (i believe) home of the Isle of Wight Rifles and has a military link. How about an Island Target Range? The isle of wight council rents Downend to an island rifle club but waht we really need is an upto date indoor/outdoor facility.... Probably not the correct pc idea but there is a massive following on the island and this would make a perfect location! any takers???
by David Blackford
11th October 2013, at 11:05:39
Lee - I think you mean Chinese lanterns
by david wright
11th October 2013, at 01:15:29
War is bad, an understatement i know, but denying it happened or wishing it would go away does not teach anyone anything. The value of museums is too teach those who didn't experience it about war and the atrocities, so they can hopefully avoid it in their future. Isnt that a good thing Matthew? So it is a shame this one is closing
by John Lennon
10th October 2013, at 23:16:00
@David Blackford (13.22)Why thank ye kind sur! It's nice to see people take note of what I say now and again! :-)
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