We stumbled across the little museum at Heugh Battery during a walk around the headland area of Hartlepool. As DH is keen on military history we went in for a look.
Entry fee of £4.00 was well worth paying. The museum has only been open a couple of years, and is located in an old battery overlooking the North Sea. My family are originally from Hartlepool, but I knew nothing about the bombardment which took place in December 1914 by German gunships which led to the first deaths of British service personnel on British soild of WWI.
There are numerous tanks and guns in the grounds of the museum, and unusually there are no signs forbidding touching – we had great fun with an anti aircraft gun!
There is a fascinating timeline of WWII in the old magazine with eyewitness accounts of many battles and events.
The staff are knowledgable and helpful, the scones in the coffee shop are delicious and we spent a very interesting couple of hours at this fascinating small museum.