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The Tank Museum's Approach to Sustainability


The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. The exhibition tells the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. Exploring eight powerful exhibitions, visitors come face to face with almost 300 armoured vehicles. This unique collection is regarded as the finest in the world - and includes the world’s first ever tank, the German Tiger and the modern Challenger 2. TANKS-1

The challenge of maximising storage at the Tank Museum

Matt Steeden the Display Fleet Manager runs the Restoration, Historical Conservation, Display and Vehicle Rides with 11 full time staff, 1 apprentice, and 46 volunteers, the apprenticeship scheme started in 2016 and the plan is to take on 2 more apprentices this year and 1 a year thereafter.

Matt has been reviewing all the areas he is responsible for to try and maximise covered space to keep vehicles in. The existing lubricants & oils storage area had historically been located in one corner of a “hanger” taking up valuable storage space, so Matt looked at alternatives and contacted Emtez requesting a site visit to discuss viable options.Waiting for a service

The solution suitable for the Tank Museum for the storage of oils and lubricants

Consideration was given to all aspects of the relocation including Health & Safety and possible environmental impact and it was decided to invest in a fully bunded steel fabricated drum & IBC store which is accessed via sliding doors and is backed by a 20 year structural guarantee.

New lubricants store 1

The fully bunded store is a DPU32-8 which is designed to accommodate 32 x 205ltr drums or 8 x 1000ltr IBC or a combination of both. The unit is fully compliant with regulations relating to the sump capacity, namely it can hold 25% of the combined total of the liquids stored and it can withstand a container falling without compromising the structure of the unit.New lubricants store 2


Future plans for the department include the building of a brand new maintenance facility, with funding having been successfully applied for from the National Lottery in the sum of £2.6m. Work on the new facility is due to start in August this year with a completion date of April 2018. As part of the program of work Matt is looking at gaining accreditation to ISO14001 and to that end will involve Emtez in the selection of appropriate equipment (storage, spill kits and waste handling) to help ensure they are compliant.

The Tank Museum sign

For more information on fully compliant storage or to arrange a no obligation, free of charge site assessment contact us at or call 01506 430309

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