Daniel Abbott with the amphibious vehicle. Picture by Cathi Elphee.

War museum gets permission

A bid to turn a former barn into a museum to house a World War II amphibious vehicle pulled out of the ground a few years ago, has been approved.

Daniel Abbot, who led the team that brought the second world war Buffalo landing vehicle out of the ground, has long wanted to keep it in the area and open a museum.
Now planning permission has been granted to do just that at Kennulphs Farm, off Wrights Drove in Crowland.
The vehicle had been used as one of 16 buried in an attempt to stop floods in March 1947.
But the Crowland Buffalo excavated the vehicle in 2021 to preserve it.
Daniel described the news planning permission had been passed for the museum as ‘brilliant’.
“It’s now time to connect all the branches back to the tree trunk and create a museum so everyone can understand what was made locally and bring together household items along with past manufacturers of agricultural machinery that was made throughout the war years and into the 1960s,” he said. “I have a vast collection of items to go on display for everyone to learn from.
“There will also be a part about my family history during both wars.”
The application states that to start with the museum will only be open by appointment but that it hopes to eventually be open more often ‘as the museum becomes known’.

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