The MVT Library
Over the last 50 years, the MVT has acquired thousands of magazines, books microfiches and paperwork. They have been in deep storage for most of this time, but in 2022, the Council of Management decided to remove it from storage, catalogue and sort it and convert it to a format so it can be accessed in the future and be of use to future generations.
The first task was to catalogue everything, and this was completed last year. The next step was to prioritise and streamline the collection – some was duplicated, some available online elsewhere and some not even relevant to military vehicles. This stage took many hours of work but was completed in October.
Most US Military Vehicle documentation is already available on the internet, so we have prioritised much rarer and difficult to find British Vehicle documentation. Once copyrighting issues have been confirmed, digitising will commence. We have sourced a digitising expert who will scan and preserve the documents and convert them into a future-proof format that can be shared online.
It is not a cheap process, and we may need to source grant aid to complete the task, but the result will be a lasting collection that will help ex-military enthusiasts in the future.
When the material is ready, it will be published.