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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Eden Camp


A-Z Challenge  - ‘E’
This Eden was no garden in which to bite an apple. From May 1942 to April 1948 Eden Camp near Malton, North Yorkshire housed Italian and German prisoners of war, 64 to a hut.


 These days Eden Camp is a top visitor attraction, a museum covering the events leading up to and those during and after WWII. The 29 huts and three mess halls each hold exhibits related to a particular theme from the rise of Hitler to post war conflicts. Spitfire, hurricane and V1 rocket replicas have prominent positions outside together with a large collection of military vehicles – tanks trucks, half-tracks, Green Goddess fire engines and bren gun carriers. One of the mess halls contains a comprehensive display of human torpedoes.


 The photos, exhibits, sounds and smell take you back to wartime Britain. There is so much to see and read about that you make come away punch drunk with information. The Camp brochure suggests you allow 3-4 hours for a visit. The last time I went I hadn’t had enough after 6!



Eden Camp boasts that it is the only modern history theme museum of its type in the world. No idle boast.
You can find out more at Eden Camp


11 comments:

Gilly's Camera said...

oh my....i would never have got my youngsters out of this place had we lived nearby!

Bish Denham said...

Interesting. So important to remember. Just up the road from where I live we have the Admiral Nimtz Museum and National Museum of the Pacific War. (My favorite part is the Peace Garden build by the Japanese.)

Karen S. said...

What a lovely museum it is...they have done wonders with making it a lovely place to view such fine pieces of history! Great post!

shelly said...

In October, my hubby and I will be in London. Only for about two days. Too bad I won't get to see all your lovely places. We're stopping off before we go onto Isreal.

tony said...

(To My Shame) I Have Never Been There.I Keep Seeing The Signs Off The Motorway.Next Time I Will Change Route & Visit.

Robyn Campbell said...

Great post. I've often wondered why we couldn't have something like this near us. Down where I'm from (the Keys) there's lots of interesting ways to learn and enjoy learning. John Pennekamp park for instance.

This museum is wonderful, Bob. I imagine it gets a lot of visitors in a year's time. This summer we hope to come to Ireland with short visits to England, Scotland, and Wales. So excited.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

very interesting with good photos. I can see why it would be a tourist attraction.

Siv Maria said...

I am so totally fascinated by WW2. I live by reminders of it everyday. My mother grew up during it and has the most fascinating stories to tell. My grandfather was in the resistance and my uncle was kept prisor of war for awhile because he was caught. Many stories that hopefully will never be forgotten.

Bob Scotney said...

Siv Maria, thank you for your comment re word verification which I will consider.

Ann said...

I love these types of museums. It makes the history tangible and memorable. Thanks for popping in at my blog. Very nice to meet you.

Sylvia Ney said...

It's always interesting to see how different cultures remember war. I'm glad these soldiers will not be forgotten. I stopped by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.