The following are examples of museum projects that have received Trust support.
Imperial War Museum
The permanent ‘Secret War’ gallery in London’s Imperial War Museum, dedicated to the history of SOE, SIS, GCHQ, MI5, the SAS, the SBS and other British special forces, was financed by a grant from Sir Paul Getty. Opened in 1995, it received a comprehensive refurbishment, funded by the Gerry HoldsworthTrust, in 2012-14.
Additional grants from the Trust have permitted the Imperial War Museum to collect and preserve the personal papers and memorabilia of dozens of former members of SOE and wartime special forces, as well as gather hundreds of hours of oral history testimonies.
Cataloguing projects funded by the Trust have allowed these collections to be made more easily available for public study. Important collections catalogued recently with Trust funding include the extensive papers of Brigadier Orde Wingate, Brigadier Mike Calvert, Vera Atkins and Jean Overton Fuller.
Several smaller museums have received assistance from the Trust:
- The work of the Scalloway Museum in commemorating the famous wartime ‘Shetland Bus’ link between the Shetland Isles and Norway.
- Remembrance of the 70th anniversary for the liberation of Denmark 2nd-4th May 2015 and exhibition and dissemination initiative being led by the Holbaek Museum. The overall theme is cooperation between the Danish Resistance SOE and the RAF.
- Digitisation of SOE testimony’s for storage and accessibility via The Keep in Brighton.
- The Coastal Forces Heritage Trust-grant towards the permanent Coastal Forces exhibition at Portsmouth and in particular the 15th MTB Flotilla.