The Brixham Military Museum Started in 1994...
The idea of using the ATS hut as a museum was in 1994 when Mike Ford came across the disused
hut that was being used by Torbay Council workers to store their tools. The hut was in a bad state of repair and grounds were overgrown.
In early 1995 Mike set up along with Rod Hart,
Sue Sleep and Carole Hart a small group, to try to raise awareness of the site.
Meetings were held between these members at the Redcliff Hotel, Paignton and the Weary Ploughman, Churston.
The first fundraising events were when the four members along with friends attended local schools where they did talks and displays on WW2. The first ever donation was £20 from Sacred Heart school, Paignton in 1995.
In October 1995, the group met at the Battery site with two councillors, Mike Morey and Vic Ellery, where discussions were held with Mike and Rod. The
project was officially called The South Devon Forces Museum Project.
Mike and Rod continued to meet with council
members and also met with the Museum Commission, who came from their headquarters in Taunton to visit the site.
During this time Ex Home Guard Ron Coleman
was working on trying to save the Battery Gardens site and published his own book about the battery. Ron meet Mike while walking in the Battery gardens one day and they spoke about the project. Later Ron contacted
Mike Ford and after a discussion with Ron and another Ex Home Guard Len Tucker the fight was on.
August 8 1996 we had a planning meeting with Miss
Addison of Torbay Council, where with various reports, plans and the Council legal dept we discussed a lease for the ATS hut to use as a museum.
The first major job
Replacing the Roof