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In my intro when I first joined I stated that I have been producing images for the Royal Arsenal Woolwich Historical Society from its uncatalogued thousands of negatives, they had been skipped then rescue took place. I was asked to show some images of the pig production in Woolwich Arsenal from the early 1950's xo heres hoping these come out.
Hello to all My name Is ALan Turner age per my profile but don't feel it, never been in forces,overweight, bad eyesight and very flat feet, but always been interested in vehicles miliatry and commercial and anything basically mechanical. Married for 32 years to Margaret who I drag around mil museums, she doesnt mind her late dad served with 2nd Manchesters from about 1923 to 1947, lucky to get out of Dunkirk in 1940. Two lads Martin 29 and Keith 26, both with letters after their names. After 28 years with Nat West took early retirement package in 2001 and then joined RA Museum Firepower in the old Woolwich Arsenal grounds took to both as family history shows over 100 years within the Arsenal and 2 counts of artillerymen. Hold the record for the number of yards driven around the site in their 1942 Chevvy quad, solo or full train, and am the only driver they had to slalom round the lampposts in either condition.I know Richard Farrant has had some dealings with the old girl in the past. Met Pat and Lizzie Ware when they moved onto the site. I also met a couple of guys, after I left the museum as paid staff, who were mebers of the Royal Arsenal Woolwich Historical Society, they introduced me to their site Archive which contains handbooks, maps, plans,artefacts and thousand of OHMS envelopes containing Negatives of everthing photographed after WW2, bulidings,people and things with wheels and tracks. So since 2002 we have been gaining images from these either by backlight the neg and using a digital still camera or scanning, The results are passable and have recently been shown to David Fletcher at Bovvi and Simon Dunstan for a future project. There are about 20,000 vehicle images only 2500 of which are in the Arsenal. ever seen images of Humber pigs under construction c1952, refurbing Centurions, 1st 50 built at Woolwich and 50 at Leeds, FV432 wooden mockup and pilot models,02DA17-22 overhead exhausts no air con or boxes at side, first proper mk1 civilian regiustered at Sidcup 1964, Chieftains, and early Challnegers. This is probably too long but I shall try and place some of these images in the relevant headings Live long and prosper (can you do that with military vehicles?)