The organisers of Belford’s Hidden History Museum are appealing for information regarding an artefact that has turned up during the restoration of the building.
Languishing on the mantelpiece of the reading room for many years was an old tin tank totally ignored and overlooked.
During the restoration David Douglas from Chatton, an expert in World War I militaria, called in and identified it as a piece of trench art and historically very interesting as it is an exact copy of a very early tank.
The organisers of the museum are intrigued as to who made the tank and how it ended up in the old Reading Room. Sitting alongside the tank all these years was a mystery missile carefully mounted in oak..
Fiona Renner-Thompson said: “We are this year having an exhibition based on World War 1 and this find will be included but we still require more exhibits. If anyone has anything relating to the war that they would be willing to loan to the museum please do let us know.
“We would also like any local reminiscences. One such lady remembering that her grandfather made his sons sheepskin waistcoats to keep them warm in the trenches and her mother and aunts having to delouse the garments every time the lads came home on leave. We want to bring alive the impact the war had on the people of the area.”