Thanks to cadets from 1213 Andover Squadron Air Training Corps, a significant piece of local and military history has been restored to its former glory.
A display cabinet of photographs and souvenirs from the Western Desert Campaign in North Africa 1940-1943, created by members of the Eighth Army, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 22nd Armoured Brigade and 7th Armoured Division (‘Desert Rats’), was once displayed in the Alamein Museum at Enham Alamein.
During the 1970s, the Alamein Museum opened to display artefacts from the Western Desert Campaign, including personal memorabilia and items made by soldiers themselves. Since the closure of the museum in the early 2000s, the collection has been stored at Enham.
An aircraft model was found to be missing from the original Western Desert display cabinet – a British Army Westland Lysander co-operation and liaison aircraft. Cadets from 1213 Andover Squadron Air Training Corps have been able to put their historical knowledge and modelling skills to excellent use by creating a replacement model for the case. This is now on display, together with many more artefacts relating to the North African Campaign, at Andover Museum, as part of the EACH Project exhibition, supported by the Co-operative Group and the MOD Defence Support Group.
The EACH Project exhibition is open free to the public, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, until 13 November, at Andover Museum, 6 Church Close, Andover SP10 1DP. Click here to find out what else is on at Andover Museum.