In addition to the donation, a team of apprentices from our manufacturing site in Washington will be supporting the museum in the lead up to Armed Forces Day (29 June 2019) by renovating and maintaining some of the exhibits.
The museum displays products developed by our heritage companies which have been used throughout history, including the 4.5” naval and anti-aircraft gun, the Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, Vickers machine guns and the Chieftain Main Battle Tank.
The donation was made in a cheque handover ceremony at the museum in Hartlepool on 30th May 2019, attended by Joshua Grant, Operations Apprentice.
Also in attendance was Les Cooper, Washington Site Manager, who said:
“Commemorating the heritage of our Armed Forces and of the Company is one of the core areas of community support we offer. This is a particularly relevant and special partnership to us given our history with the products on show, and we’re proud that our talented and capable apprentices will be supporting the museum during Armed Forces Week so future generations can appreciate the exhibits.”
Diane Stephens, Heugh Battery Museum Manager said:
“The Heugh Battery Museum preserves the only First World War battlefield in the UK and commemorates the bombardment of Hartlepool in December 1914. This is such an important site with local, national and international significance, and we’re thankful to businesses like BAE Systems who are committed to supporting the communities they work in.”