Residents from Care South’s Dorset House care home in Poole enjoyed a day out to The Tank Museum in Wareham, Dorset which houses hundreds of military machines from every major battle since World War l. During the visit, Resident, Dorothy spectacularly found the tank that her husband served on over 75 years ago during World War ll.
Much to Dorothy’s delight, museum worker, James was able to identify the tank using a photo that Dorothy had bought along with her. James shared stories of the battles that the tank had been involved in and revealed that his grandfather had also served in World War ll. James demonstrated his expertise about the machinery by revealing that the tank Dorothy’s husband worked on was an American design. The American design was dwarfed in comparison to the German tanks, and in a one-to-one battle would have been demolished by the opposition’s heavy machinery. Because of this, the American tanks were manufactured in large numbers.
Dorset House residents took part in a simulation experience of life in the trenches, listened to stories of the war, dressed up in costumes from the time, challenged themselves with games, and even got to experience life on the tanks. The World War ll exhibition hosted a shop and home set, decorated to emulate the time period, which brought back memories for many residents. Resident, Ralph revealed that his mother used to work in the shop, and resident, Dorothy could remember having a rag rug in her youth.
Sam Baker, Activities Lead at Dorset House, said: “It was a fantastic day that brought back a lot of memories for residents in our care, particularly Dorothy who feels closer to her husband than ever before. We would like to thank James and all the staff at the museum for the wonderful and historical day out.”