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MUCKLEBURGH COLLECTION, WEYBOURNE, NORFOLK, EAST ENGLAND, BRITAIN



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Location Category ID:
3320
Address: The Muckleburgh Collection, Weybourne, Norfolk, NR25 7EH
Telephone: 01263-588210
Email: info [at] muckleburgh.co.uk (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700, 2nd April – 31st October
Official Website: The Muckleburgh Collection
Other Links: Google Street View
Latitude, Longitude: 52.94403495 , 1.13028288
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here:


The Muckleburgh Collection is housed in the NAAFI building of the former military Weybourne Camp, which closed in 1959. The Collection is dedicated to the men and women who served there and in all theatres of war, together with their vehicles, equipment and supplies.
The history of Weybourne Camp stems from 1588 when the area was heavily fortified for fear of an invasion by the Spanish. The shallowness of the water off the coast nearby would have allowed the Armada to come very close to shore. In 1938 the German Airship ‘Hindenburg’ was photographed when, on a ‘goodwill mission’, it flew over to test the English Radar System. A small airfield was established beside Weybourne Camp in 1936. Weybourne was visited twice by Winston Churchill in 1941, immediately after the Dunkirk evacuation when British defences were on high alert. Demonstrations put on by the Camp were apparently so poor that all the Senior Staff were replaced. A full history of the Camp is detailed in the Weybourne Room, including a central model diorama that portrays part of the original camp. Leading off from the Weybourne Room is the Diorama Room which contains eight full-sized dioramas. These depict scenes from a World War I trench, a World War II military tailor’s shop, the Battle of Britain, the exploits of Sir Denis Crowley-Milling (a captured RAF pilot), the Gulf War, and a ship’s radio room.
Originally the location of the Canteen and Kitchen, the Central Hall now contains a display of armoured cars and troop carriers. These include the 1941 British Daimler, American M8 and Soviet BTR-40 armoured cars. The Artillery Hall has a display of significant anti-tank guns and other artillery. The Anti-Aircraft Hall displays some examples of ground to air guns which are still in use today. The Model Room houses over 300 models of vehicles and aircraft. It features practically ever vehicle type used in World War II together with the most important pieces of artillery, and some aircraft dating back to World War I. There is also a separate display of Maritime Models, more than fifty naval models specially commissioned by the Muckleburgh Collection. These examples, which range from the famous clipper ‘Cutty Sark’ of 1870 to the recent nuclear submarine ‘HMS Vanguard’, form a collection which ranks as one of the best in the country.
While most of the Muckleburgh collection is under cover some of the largest items currently remain outside. This include an RAF Meteor aircraft, a 3.7in anti-aircraft gun, a Bloodhound missile, a 12pdr naval gun, a Long Tom 8in howitzer, a German 88mm anti-aircraft gun, and a V1 flying bomb. The Muckleburgh Amateur Radio Group operates in buildings beside the museum and these house a large collection of wireless sets.

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Location ID:
3322
Latitude, Longitude:52.94203233, 1.13085151
Location Accuracy:7



1) A22 Churchill Crocodile Flame-Throwing Tank British


Number of Photos:
17
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Unique ID: 1181
Serial Number:
Registration: “13 ZV 70” painted on nose, hull rear and side air intakes.
Name:
Other Identification: “TP 1991 M199” cast into right rear turret side.

This Churchill is displayed beside the entrance road that leads to the museum site. It is missing its track guards. Its flame projector and flame fuel coupling appear to be intact but it is displayed without its fuel trailer.

Robert and Gussie Tank Hall

The building of the Robert and Gussie Tank Hall was sponsored by Robert Curson to the memory of his partner Gussie in the year 2005 with permission from Sir Michael Savory. It displays main battle tanks and tracked missile launchers, and includes a display of memorabilia from Curson’s military service.

Location ID:
3324
Latitude, Longitude:52.94535867, 1.13047868
Location Accuracy:7



2) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


Number of Photos:
19
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Unique ID: 1185
Serial Number: “7649” stamped into towing lugs.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Arabic script painted on right turret side. Arabic unit markings painted on front mud flaps. “24 4-2-FS DMJL-0338” stamped into side of towing lug. “D738766 38837U” or similar cast into side of mantlet. “7525612LH” cast into engine deck.

This M47 is a late-production version with T-shaped muzzle brake. It was found on a tank range (having previously sat idle for 14 years in Italy) and then underwent a complete rebuild by Gerry Majewski. It has been painted as a tank from the Jordanian Army. It is in running order.


3) Tracked Rapier Mobile SAM System American / British


Number of Photos:
6
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Unique ID: 1187
Serial Number:
Registration: “06 SP 24” painted on number plate above cab.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a black and green camouflage scheme.

This Tracked Rapier appears to be in very good condition, and is in running order.


4) FV101 Scorpion CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1186
Serial Number:
Registration: “49 AT 44” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a black and green camouflage scheme.

This Scorpion appears to be in very good condition, and is in running order.


5) Panzer 57 Tank British / Swiss


Number of Photos:
14
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Unique ID: 1182
Serial Number:
Registration: “26 BW 10” painted on nose and right rear mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: Yellow triangle markings painted on turret side stowage boxes. “827 R” stamped into side armour plate. “512944” cast into hull. “FHL 40796” cast into right turret side. ‘Union Jack’ flag painted on front left stowage box. Painted overall in a dark green and sand camouflage scheme.

This Centurion Mk 5 was in service with the 21st Panzer Battalion in the Swiss Army from 1962 until 1992. It was donated to Muckleburgh by the Swiss Confederation in February 1993. Despite its Swiss service it has been repainted in British Army markings including registration number and squadron insignia. It is in good condition and is in running order.


6) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


Number of Photos:
19
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Unique ID: 1183
Serial Number:
Registration: “03 EB 41” painted on right rear mud flap and stamped into side plates. “79 MS 73” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: “A520” into front left, and “D507” cast into front right, of Stillbrew amour. “FV 478236 HL” cast into left turret side. “210” marked in weld metal on exhaust box. “2AR LH FV482205 FHL” or similar cast into hull side, but heavily painted over. Faint remains of markings painted on front mud flaps. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Chieftain appears to be in fairly good, although dirty, condition but its mix of registration numbers may indicate that it comprises parts from multiple vehicles. It is in running order.


7) FV438 Swingfire Anti-Tank Guided Missile Carrier British


Number of Photos:
7
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Unique ID: 1188
Serial Number:
Registration: “02 ED 75” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This particular vehicle saw active service in Berlin under the Allied Control Commission before the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1988 and the subsequent reunification of Germany. It arrived at Muckleburgh shortly after its decommission in that year. It appears to be in good condition, and is in running order.


8) Panzer 61 Tank Swiss


Number of Photos:
14
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Unique ID: 1184
Serial Number:
Registration: “77642” painted on lower nose. “971 6545 642” stamped into nose.
Name:
Other Identification: “PANZER 61” and Swiss shield emblem painted on turret sides. White square painted on upper nose.

This Panzer 61 is in running order.

Harry Dawson Hall

This hall displays tank transport and recovery vehicles and was named after a well known local resident of Weybourne, Mr Harry Dawson. He was a District Counsellor and a Parish Counsellor for over 40 years. Mr Dawson’s father farmed at Carvel Farm which was the original farm at Weybourne Camp. Harry was a tank driver with the Royal Tank Regiment in World War II.

Location ID:
3326
Latitude, Longitude:52.94519704, 1.13022387
Location Accuracy:7



9) FV4006 Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


Number of Photos:
23
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Unique ID: 1201
Serial Number:
Registration: “89 BA 51” painted on superstructure front, but over-painted in black and now barely visible. “91 MS 81” roughly painted on front left mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: “LOT 20” painted on front left mud flap, “A09.0500 ?021”, “R. 28.5.93” and “CL-U. M.” painted on front right mud flap. “FV 256217 NS” and “FV 256217 OS” stamped into sides.

This Centurion ARV is displayed with its hatches open. The markings on the front mud flaps may indicate that it was purchased at auction on 28 May 1993.

Robert Curson Tank Hall

This hall displays British, American and Soviet tanks from during and after World War II.

Location ID:
3328
Latitude, Longitude:52.94499501, 1.13096148
Location Accuracy:7



10) M5A1 Stuart Light Tank American


Number of Photos:
18
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Unique ID: 1195
Serial Number: Number just visible but obscured by paint on towing lugs. “SERIAL NO” cast into glacis plate but the number itself is obscured by paint.
Registration: “USA 3047999” painted on rear hull sides.
Name: “VICTORY” painted on left forward hull side.
Other Identification: Allied star markings painted on turret sides and glacis. Unit markings painted on nose and rear hull. “E5047” cast into rear hull. “A883” partially cast and stamped into rear hull.

This Stuart was purchased in 1988 and restored by Michael Savory. It appears to be in very good condition, and is in running order.


11) M24 Chaffee Light Tank American


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 1196
Serial Number:
Registration: “T441275” painted on forward hull sides.
Name: “ANNIE” painted on turret sides.
Other Identification: “5” in red square painted on turret sides. Unit markings painted on nose and rear hull. “D60549 10 D1242” cast into left rear transmission cover. “D60548 10 D1635” cast into right rear transmission cover.

This vehicle was partially restored by Michael Savory in 1988/89. It is in running order.


12) M4A1 Sherman Grizzly Tank American / Canadian


Number of Photos:
18
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Unique ID: 1197
Serial Number:
Registration: “T-312588” (British or Canadian) painted on rear hull sides.
Name: “FURY” painted on hull sides.
Other Identification: “2” in red triangle and Allied star markings painted on turret sides. Maple leaf and other markings painted on nose. “E1232 OSF 2506”, “E4157 OSF”, “E1231 OSF”, “1931” and “1918” cast into transmission cover.

This Grizzly is displayed with most of its hatches open. It is in running order and has been involved in events outside the museum, including a parade with the Royal British Legion.


13) T-55 Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 1199
Serial Number: MHY 06 SKM: “mhy 06SKM 162” stamped into centre of glacis.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “254” painted on turret sides and searchlight. Red stars painted on turret sides. “123456 ZZZ 1234567891011121314151617181920 (other symbols)” stamped into centre of glacis. “22 MKM 123456 (other symbols)” stamped into left side of glacis. “1234567 MHY 15AKK (other symbols) 31B” stamped into hull.

This Czechoslovak T-55 appears to be in very good condition, and is in running order.


14) MT-55 Bridgelayer Soviet


Number of Photos:
13
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Unique ID: 1200
Serial Number: MHY M06 TMC: “mhy M06TMC 162” stamped into centre of glacis.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “351” and red stars painted on front bridge supports and rear hull. “123456 1234567891011121314151617181920” stamped into centre of glacis. “24 PMC 123456” stamped into left side of glacis.

This Czechoslovakian bridgelayer appears to be in very good condition, and is in running order.


15) Sexton Self-Propelled Gun Canadian


Number of Photos:
20
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Unique ID: 1198
Serial Number: “??7” stamped into rear plate.
Registration: “CS172485” painted on superstructure sides.
Name: “ALLIGATOR” painted on superstructure sides.
Other Identification: Maple leaf and unit markings painted on superstructure front. “E1232 OSF 2324”, “E4151 OSF”, “LH E1231Y”, “2071” and “2008” cast into transmission cover.

This Sexton appears to be in very good condition, and is in running order.

Maintenance and Storage Area



Location ID:
3330
Latitude, Longitude:52.94364542, 1.13118678
Location Accuracy:7



16) T-34-85 Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
26
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Unique ID: 1189
Serial Number: “60??0181” or similar stamped into nose.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “386” painted on turret sides but faint, with Guards insignia over-painted. “NM-45” painted on both ends of right fuel drum, “CTM” or similar painted on front end of left fuel drum.

This T-34 has had its tracks removed; they are on the ground beside it. It generally looks to be in poor condition. It is known to have been in running order while displayed inside at Muckleburgh but its current status is unknown.


17) FV101 Scorpion CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1191
Serial Number:
Registration: “02 FD 43” painted on nose and rear hull.
Name:
Other Identification: Knot insignia painted on turret side stowage bins. White triangles painted on right turret stowage bin. Painted overall in a black and green camouflage scheme.


18) AMX-13/90 Light Tank French


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 1192
Serial Number:
Registration: “823438” painted on nose and rear hull stowage pannier.
Name:
Other Identification: “SFAC AMX 19244” casting mark. “014 F1 20 1107 1084” or similar stamped into turret rear ammunition hatch. Painted overall sand (paint is peeling).

This AMX-13 appears to be generally in poor condition. It is known to have been in running order while displayed inside at Muckleburgh but its current status is unknown.


19) Panzer 68/88 Tank Swiss


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1190
Serial Number:
Registration: “M.77798” painted on lower nose.
Name:
Other Identification: White square painted on upper nose. Overall painted in black, brown and green camouflage scheme.

Driving Area



Location ID:
3332
Latitude, Longitude:52.945711, 1.13024533
Location Accuracy:7



20) FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Howitzer British


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 1194
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Cable reel on turret rear. “911” stamped and “8022” ground into front deck. “FV186612 PL172 ESC A 1964” stamped into left turret stowage box. Painted overall in a black and green camouflage scheme.

This Abbot is in running order.


21) FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Howitzer British


Number of Photos:
14
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Unique ID: 1193
Serial Number:
Registration: “28 PL 10” painted on left rear hull.
Name:
Other Identification: Previously seen with "VM 24.10.91" painted on left side of bore evacuator. Painted overall in a black and green camouflage scheme.

This Abbot is in running order.