This is the campaign to raise funds in order to further the objective of recreating a replica of Field-Marshal Montgomery's war-time Office Caravan as an educational piece of 'Touring Theatre', to be launched late 2021 / early 2022.
(For more information on the project's progress please see my website http://montysdouble.com/ and have a look at my facebook page 'Montys Double' for regular updates in the photo album titled :
'Monty's Office Caravan Project Progress : May 2019 to date.' )
The project is the realisation of an idea by Colin Brooks Williams, who is a Field-Marshal Montgomery look-alike and impersonator and has been active on the 'Re-enactment' scene as 'Monty' for over ten years.
The objective is to complete the faithful recreation of the interior and exterior of the original 'Monty's Office Caravan' (which is on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford), but within a large modern 14 ft x 6'6" x 6ft 'Box Trailer' (rather than mounted on a large 'Leyland Retriever' Army lorry like the original) which can then be easily and more practically towed and transported to educational settings such as schools and Museums, as well as to the many themed events, charity fund-raisers and remembrance ceremonies held across the country and abroad.
All the work on the project so far has been carried out 'at home' under lock-down conditions and is well on the way towards completion. However, help is needed to fit it out with those aspects of construction that will need professional 'bespoke' manufacture, such as the 6 x Oak framed windows which will need to be made, and for the authentic look the exterior of the trailer will require the roof and upper sides to be canvassed over and the lower sides 'planked' in the style of the original Army Lorry, again this can only be made by a professional source.
Once completed, the caravan will be used as a mobile exhibition point for displaying an archive of articles and artefacts relating to the life and career of Field-Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery which I have collected over the years, and as a focal point for giving educational talks and the recreation of Monty's War-time speeches and broadcasts etc at events and locations across the country, in the company of my fellow actors and 'Equity' members Steve McTigue as Winston Churchill, and Stefen Dicks as Field-Marshal Alan Brooke - both of whom are extremely professional in their portrayals. The caravan will also be equipped with access to a display screen for showing war-time and educational film footage, and a sound system to give visitors an 'immersive' experience.
Great care is being taken to recreate the interior as accurately and authentically as possible, with great attention to the small details, and as such will be available for hire as a mobile 'set' for historical documentaries and films etc.
With your assistance the project will be an even greater success I'm sure, and as a special 'thank you' all contributors will have the option of having their names added to a special display board to go on display at all locations, and will be awarded honorary membership of Monty's 'TAC HQ' staff, and as such will be welcome to join 'Monty' for tea and cake* at events and locations in the near future !
Many thanks and Best wishes !
(*Subject to any terms and conditions of admission as stated by any independent event organiser.)
Youtube video of the progress on the interior to date, which will be sanded stained and painted in due course when all the fitting out is finished. The 1/10th scale model on the bench shows how the outside of the trailer will look with windows fitted and canvassed over etc once completed:
- Robin Lough white
- Shaun Carter
- Janet Carter
- Paul Penlington
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