The last weekend of May saw Museum staff at the VW Expo at Stonor Park. Despite all the rain it was a great day with lots of visitors enjoying themselves. Organised by the Association of British VW Clubs, there was a variety of stalls and displays, as well as competitions.
The Museum became involved with the event due to our historic link with VW. REME Officers, Major Ivan Hirst and Colonel Michael McEvoy, played a key role in rebuilding the VW factory in Germany after the Second World War.
The Corps are very proud of this link, and the Museum enjoys supporting events whenever we can.
Unfortunately the weather on Sunday meant that we couldn’t put our banners out as they might have ended up being blown into Henley town centre. We were able to display a variety of VW models created by our Technical Historian Brian Baxter. These were a big hit with visitors of all ages, especially ‘A Beetle’s Nightmare’.
Packing is still one of the major tasks underway in the Museum. As well as packing up the collection in Arborfield, we also have a large collection in Bordon, Hampshire which we have started preparing for the move. This is where most of our historic vehicle collection is kept and for the new Museum we are hoping to bring out and display some of the vehicles which have been stored here.
Our small army of volunteers are very busy in Arborfield, packing plaques, name boards, models and a variety of other items. We are surrounded by boxes, bubble wrap, archival tissue paper and lots of tags. Our stores are almost completely boxed up now, and the main displays have begun to be dismantled.
More meetings with the designers are coming up in the next week so more specifics about the main display will be available soon.
Jennifer Allison – Curator