A Trip to Bullecourt Museum – Huddersfield.

On Sunday I took a trip with my Brother in Law and oldest Nephew to the little local military museum across the other side of town to me.

I’d heard it was a little “quirky” so I went with fairly low expectations but happily it was far better than I was expecting and had indeed been lead to believe.

Housed in an old Drill hall it covers the period from Waterloo to the present in a series of glass cabinets. There is quite a bit of local interest too; from talking with the owner/ proprietor it seems that they get left quite a few things from when relatives clear houses that belonged that older generation, that is sadly passing with increasing rapidity.

A general view of the hall.

A general view of the hall.

We went round the museum clockwise starting with the oldest display case.

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Apologies for the low level of photo quality – using a phone camera through glass isn’t the easiest of tasks.

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Moving in to WW” which makes up the majority of the collection:

A rather nice Bren LMG on a tripod.

A rather nice Bren LMG on a tripod.

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This unusual canoe was another gift, puportedly it is from WW2, a one man design with a sail and floatation chambers that can be attached to the outside. If anyone has any extra information that they can give on this it would be more than welcome.

This unusual canoe was another gift, puportedly it is from WW2, a one man design with a sail and floatation chambers that can be attached to the outside. If anyone has any extra information that they can give on this it would be more than welcome.

The item that I was most keen to see was a map that I knew that they possessed; it is of Huddersfield, printed and annotated by the Germans to be used in the administration of the town in a post successful Operation Sealion environment. Chilling stuff really….

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A quirky little place that appeals to my sense of aesthetics, not as flash as the Royal Armouries or IWM North but better for it. Well worth a hour or two of your time if you are in the area.

Extra info here: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/localorgs/orgdetails.asp?OrgID=2717

Cheers,

Pete.

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4 comments on “A Trip to Bullecourt Museum – Huddersfield.

  1. jony663 says:

    I also love those small eclectic museums. So many unknown gems out there. The mag is a chilling reminder of the what ifs.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Definitely- I think I’ll go for the Banksfield Museum in Halifax next. A small regimental museum.

      The map did bring to mind the old film ‘It Happened Here’, as well as the scale of prior planning that they had maps prepared for as far North as Huddersfield.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  2. Edwin King says:

    Interesting read, thank you.

    Regarding the canoe, the maritime museum in Falmouth has several WWII cockle canoes – it might be worth contacting them. This doesn’t seem to resemble the photos I’ve seen of them (they were collapsible, with canvas sides, but this may be a variant.

    The definitive book on the subject is Quentin Rees, The Cockleshell Canoes: British Military Canoes of World War Two

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