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“Lest We Forget.. and this museum helps ensure we do not!”

Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Barry
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Barry, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lest We Forget.. and this museum helps ensure we do not!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

The Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre is a volunteer run museum run on a limited budget, and yet despite this they have produced an engaging, insightful and educational experience for all the family. From the replicas of a WWI Trench and an Anderson Shelter, to the wall maps showing the WWII defences around Barry and the Docks area, and all other exhibits, this is a must see attraction, not only for those with a specific interest in the two world wars, but for anyone with even a passing interest who would liek to learn more. The staff are friendly and approachable, and their enthusiasm for the subject is engaging the visitor will find themselves educated almost by accident simply by being there.

Not only do they have the static displays, but there are in addition regular events and talks from experts and those 'who were there'. These are all highly recommended, and a sharp eye should be kept on their website at http://www.wartimeglamorgan.co.uk/opening.html

Keep up the good work!

Visited August 2013
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Dorset, UK
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“The Reviews say it all, excellent !!”
Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

The effort and personal commitment (time, money and enthusiasm) that these volunteers have put into this project has produced an incredibly absorbing 'hands-on' experience. People of all ages can glean what life was like during wartime, and all put together in a small space, including refreshments. Barry and Glamorgan has a very rich history and heritage, and exhibitions like these should be given the support of local council for a larger space, perhaps incorporated into a Glamorgan Museum where its story should be appreciated in the light it deserves. Well done Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre.

Visited January 2014
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Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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“Least we forget what our Fathers did in WW2”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

This bijou museum in Barry`s old railway station. Is very informative on the part Barry citizens played in WW2. Lots of exhibits and well informed staff. It is free entree and a great place to take the kids. Check their web site for opening times and special events.

Visited August 2013
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Barry, United Kingdom
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“ANNIVERSARY OF WARTIME MUSEUM VISIT”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

I popped along to the Wartime Heritage Centre on the 1st anniversary of the Museum, housed in part of the Barry Island Train Station and was taken back by the way every square inch of the limited space available was packed with memoriabilia of WWI & WWII. It is clear that many RAF Veterans have contributed to the display items. My wife's grandfather served in the newly formed Royal Air Force, immediately after WWI had finished and I was able to present a painting of him, Cecil Matthews, which now proudly hangs in the museum. The volunteers had dressed in the clothes of WWII era, even down to the "Spiv" trying to sell me a banana. Live music was provided by 2 singers and I watched as many of those stopping to look around were taken back by the sounds of the 40's, taking seats to enjoy the music.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning stopping by to look around and take in the iems on display and the construction of the WWI Trench. What a brilliant day I had. If only they had more room, their imagination would be boundless. This is definitely one for the schools to visit when the cover WWI & II era on their syllabus.

Visited January 2014
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Barry, United Kingdom
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“Step back in time”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

I called into this museum today with my 11 year old son. He was in his element for an hour!
This small museum is excellent. Each exhibit has been well thought out with great attention to detail. That, added to the fact that there were lot of volunteers dressed in the authentic uniforms and dress of the era, I felt like I have travelled back in time!
This is a real education and very "hands on". I would highly recommend a visit.

Visited January 2014
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