Posted on March 14, 2019
Although the model Second World War carrier is considerably lighter than the likes of the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth, and made out of yoghurt pots, old bottles, and staples, moving it into the museum is still a difficult task.
It was built in a Doncaster garage by artist David Hall, who spent his final years designing the model of the ship he once served on.
When Mr Hall passed away, his family were unsure of what to do with the creation and called Ashworth Barracks Museum to offer it as a gift.
It took seven people to move the model from Mr Hall’s garage, on to a lorry and then into the museum. Guy Stapleton, from Ashworth Barracks Museum, said: “We spent nearly 12 months trying to work out how we were going to get it here. The family were very concerned that it would be destroyed if they couldn’t find a home for it and so we were determined we would somehow get it here. The last ditch attempt was to get it onto social media and we were very lucky a local transport company came forward and said they’d do it for free.”