The Cold War Tank Museum in Manchester was founded by a group of financial experts belonging to tax efficiency firm One Formula LLP. The team at One Formula includes a financial advisor, city trader, insurance advisor, ex-Wales international rugby player and a former police officer, one of whom owned the world’s largest private collection of Cold War era tanks. As part of a push to “give back” to society, the wealthy tax experts decided to establish the tank museum. Alongside the foundation of the tank museum, the fiscal experts also lent their weight to the establishment of a knife crime charity and an animal welfare charity. “We believe in giving back to the community, which is why we’ve tried to hone our expertise and give back in the most lucrative way we can,” said an executive from One Formula LLP.
Based on the outskirts of Manchester, the Cold War Tank Museum comprises of a vast hangar housing tanks in order of country of origin and primary operator. With more than 50 fully functioning Cold War era tanks, it is thought to be the largest collection in the world of its kind. With millions and millions invested in returning the tanks to full working order, no expense has been spared with the museum and its exhibits either. Alongside an array of Cold War era tanks, a large variety of historical artefacts from various historically significant moments of the Cold War also feature in exquisitely maintained exhibitions. Key displays and exhibitions include:
The Korean War – detailing the Korean War, exhibits include tanks, AFVs and military artefacts
The Vietnam War – covering the whole of the Vietnam War, this display is the museum’s central focus
The Space Race – with flight logs, electrical equipment and moon rock, this exhibition details the space race between the United States and Soviet Union.