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Conflict History and Remembrance Museum

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Address: 490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 300037
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Description: This is a museum of the history of conflict and its remembrance . It...
This is a museum of the history of conflict and its remembrance . It brings together items of historical value and is largely staffed by volunteers who are ex service men who regularly give guided tours and talks which only people of their experience can do . It has a 1940s cafe and a fully licensed mess bar in a former barracks building . The museum is not just a store of artifacts, it aims to be a hub for ex-service personnel to meet and access services tailored to their needs. Plans are still being finalised, but the aims is to provide monthly outreach meetings, along with help for mental health & PTSD, citizens advice and advocacy services. Ex-service associations should be involved too. The museum also provides volunteer posts for the long term unemployed. Revenue and donations from the museum go towards furthering these aims.
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Well worth a visit

Had a great afternoon looking at the varied and interesting displays with my son. We had a guided tour which gave us loads of extra info and extra access. I was pleasantly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

i recently visited C.H.A.R.M. last year with my father a veteran of the second world war and had a wonderful experience there with very friendly and happy staff serving in `violets` 40`s cafe (wonderful food!!!) and was treated to a guided tour by Stan who had us in fits of laughter, we also went into the mess bar as my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Had a great afternoon looking at the varied and interesting displays with my son. We had a guided tour which gave us loads of extra info and extra access. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was as military veichles are not something that would normal interest me but there are so many different things to see there's something for... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Fantastic place to visit, the staff are so friendly and helpful. Will be making a return visit 10/10

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had visited this museum in its former life and cannot believe how much it had changed . The people running it have worked extremely hard to get it all together. The shop was just being put together and the exhibits were being worked on but there was still plenty to see. When we visited you just made a donation... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

When you arrive at the museum your attention is drawn to 'William' the imposing and somewhat menacing hulk of a tank guarding the car park. Then it's into Violets the 1940's cafe that immediately throws you onto the T.V set of allo allo, with its welcoming staff all dressed accordingly and the sounds of iconic songs of the war era... More 

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Sandown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very enjoyable visit to this recently re-opened and re-vamped museum. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff can talk to a wide range of visitors from young children through to military history geeks. Be sure to visit Violets 1940 cafe that adjoins the museum, great value and atmosphere with lots of interesing wartime artefacts and music. Real tablecloths and staff in period... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I had heard that there was going to be some armoured vehicle rides happening so thought it would be a great excuse to get my 14yr old son off his xbox and out for the day. We were both about to have our expectations exceeded. When we got there we were a little early for the guided tour so we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Took the family here when on hols - we've been before when in different hands, but what's better now is that as you wander, ex-service guys explain what it all means, and if you want you can latch onto the guided tour, which brings everything to life. You can grab hold of a real Browning machine gun, with the throaty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

we had a fabulous afternoon and were looked after really well by the staff who were very helpful, informative and interesting. the rides were an experience to remember and enjoyed by us all. we thoroughly enjoyed the museum. all topped off by a great breakfast in the café. an experience we would recommend to anyone. thankyou for a fab time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Visited the museum with my 8 & 5 yr old children. The children were given a hands on experience by 'Ginge' one of the wonderful volunteers running the museum. It is informative, fun and fascinating. My children definitely want to go again very soon! Also thoroughly enjoyed the 1940's cafe next door - lovely and very reasonably priced food. Look... More 

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