About Us

The Weald Foundation was established to preserve , restore and maintain historically important examples of armoured vehicles and related military vehicles and equipment, principally from the First and Second World War and to educate the public about their history.

Established as a charitable trust in 2003, the Foundation oversees a rare and unique collection of important running vehicles both armoured and soft skinned. The collection is considered to be one of the finest working collections in the world.

Activities

The Foundation’s programme focuses on six key areas:

  • To acquire, restore and preserve First and Second World War military vehicles for the education of the public.
  • To research and interpret original documents, record in film and in photographs the restoration of each vehicle, to produce literature on the history of the vehicles and related equipment for display to the general public.
  • To promote and encourage the study of methods of restoration.
  • To research the human (via unit and campaign) history of each vehicle and related equipment for display to the public.
  • To restore each vehicle to full authentic wartime working condition both inside and out.
  • To use the collection for the benefit of the wider community through the running of education and training programmes at our facilities here in Kent, as well as schools and other sites in England.

Not only are the vehicles themselves important landmarks of engineering in military history, but their restoration also represents an unequalled statement in historic military vehicle restoration.

The Foundation publishes two research and general interest articles every week derived from our painstaking investigation into our current and past projects. This research has proven to be an invaluable resource for historians, collectors, and modellers.

We continue to strive towards our goal of absolute attention to original detail in all areas of the restoration process to achieve the authentic, original, and correct end result. This can involve recovering the largest or smallest parts, often hidden from sight to allow these extremely important historic fighting vehicles to live again in original form thus preserved for future generations. No task can take too long – the result is everything.

For further information on our decade long history of research papers, how to access the Weald Foundation archive and the other benefits of supporting our work at the Weald Foundation please visit the Membership section.

The Board

Michael Gibb, Trustee
24 Jan 2003 – Present

Howard Dellar, Company Secretary
5 Sep 2008 – Present

Hilary Doyle, Trustee
18 Jul 2005 – Present

Jim Dowdall, Trustee
5 Nov 2019 – Present

Richard Udovenya, Trustee
15 Aug 2017 – Present

Guy Portelli, Trustee
10 Jul 2020 – Present