Tank museum on the lookout for lookalikes

The Tank Museum in Dorset is on the look-out for two people to open its new exhibition – so it is holding a lookalike competition.

It wants tank fans to dress up as either Sgt Oddball, Donald Sutherland’s character from the film Kelly’s Heroes, or Tank Girl from the graphic novels of the same name.

From the photos sent in staff will pick two winners who will be invited to open the exhibition called ‘Tanks for the memories: The Tank in popular culture’.

The opening will be on Thursday March 30th and the public can visit from April 1.

Head of Marketing Nik Wyness said: The exhibition represents something of a change from our recent additions, which have focused on conflict and the experiences of the solider.

“This exhibition has been created to mark the centenary year of The Tank Museum and aims to recognise the cultural impact of the tank since its appearance in 1916.

“Tanks have played a large role in popular culture and whether it’s through film, games, toys or in the media, this element of their history is of great interest and importance.

“Visitors will recognise tanks from the Fury and Warhorse films, as well as the iconic photo of the Tiananmen Square incident in China of the protestor standing in front of a tank.

“And for others, names like ‘Dinky’, ‘Airfix’, ‘Action Man’ and ‘Victor’ will create a sense of nostalgia for childhood days and times gone by.”

“Exhibitions have been opened by royalty or VIPs in the past, but for this exhibition The Tank Museum is looking to popular culture for inspiration.

“Two fictional characters tied to tank culture are Sgt Oddball and Tank Girl – and we thought it fitting that they should open the exhibition.

“So we want to find the best Sgt Oddball and Tank Girl lookalikes to do the honours on Thursday 30 March at The Tank Museum.”

To enter the competition send phot and details to competition@tankmuseum.org




For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 07788392965


About The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum (Bovington, UK) brings the story of tanks and their crews to life, with what is arguably the world’s finest collection of tanks displayed in awe-inspiring, modern exhibitions.

The museum houses some 300 tanks, representing the key battles of every major conflict since the First World War. Our moving exhibitions tell the story of this British invention; from the mud of the Somme, to the beaches of Normandy and the deserts of Iraq – featuring powerful stories from the soldiers that fought in them.

Highlights include the immersive Trench Experience and The Tank Story Hall – featuring key exhibits such as the first ever tank, the modern Challenger 2 and the notorious Tiger tank. New for 2020 is a major Second World War exhibition; “World War Two: War Stories”.

The Tank Museum is a registered charity and the museum of The Royal Tank Regiment and The Royal Armoured Corps.

Find out more: tankmuseum.org

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