I got a rather interesting email from the BBC research people a while back. Seeing as there are very few gas mask collectors in the UK that are on the internet they contacted me and asked to do research for an upcoming TV program about technology. One of the episodes is on military equipment developement which might be of interest to everyone here, and that's where I come in
It wasnt much, I just identified masks which I believed were of significant importance, and found out all information to do with them, dates, maker, country etc.
I've been allowed to say this little bit, but I have to keep my mouth shut about the rest of the series, well if it even gets on the TV
I thought it was just a nice little story I should tell just to show that theres more to gas mask collecting as it sometimes come's across as quite a dull and boring thing to study compared to helmets and medals
thanks guys however my dad still thinks its a useless hobby
I've been thinking of loaning the collection to museum or something nearby where they can be seen by the public instead of sitting in my cupboard. I was thinking of speaking to the Black Watch Museum in Perth (Scotland) to see if they might be interested in displaying the collection whilst I am on holiday.
Does anything think its even worth trying, because it is one of the oddest things to collect in the world of militaria.
It's worth a shot mate - and good on ya for the idea!
Sadly, some museums are run by corperate idiots who havnt got the slightest idea what they're on about! Their perception of the war is 'tally ho chaps' I know of a few museums who've turned down quality WW2 Memoribilia just because it "wouldn't blend in", or "no room right now" Pillocks!!!
Hopefully your local museum will be run by someone with brain cells that run into double figures!
Congrat and about the museum thing if you dont try you will never know and i think it's a great idea so many people doesn't have the knowledge about gas mask that you have and that could be a great opportunity to learn more
Thanks very much guys, the series is planned to be shown either late this year or early next year, and its presented by Richard Hammond. I'm not to sure what else the episode might consist of because the gas mask part wont be that long, even if they choose to use it which I hope they will
The museum has a lot of good display equipment so I'm sure the collection would be safe, Hopefully they museum would let me put some of their masks in the display such as British PH Helmets, Geramn Gummishutzmaske etc.