Hello and a big welcome from everybody
attached to the Museum.
My name is Bill Legg and HMS Collingwood is very much my alma mater.
When not at sea or in MOD Appointments ashore home and abroad, I spent many
happy hours here, and even after retirement from the navy in 1987 after 36 years
of service leaving as a Lieutenant Commander Weapons Electrical Officer, I
stayed on as the Curator of this Museum. Not
surprisingly, I consider many of our exhibits in the Museum as friends for I
have been directly associated with them for over 55 years now. You will have already read on an earlier
page about the history of the Museum and how, where and why it was started.
I came to this job in 1987 when a great deal of the work had already been
done. A great deal of work and progress has been made since then, and
I am just as passionate about the collection, its upkeep, its exhibition and
its growth now as I was then so many years ago.
In my time here, many highly knowledgeable and diligent men have given of
their time freely as a volunteer assisting in the build of this collection,
and whilst it is essentially a Royal Navy Museum, the vast majority of those
men have been civilians, some of whom Served their country in our Armed
Forces when much younger men, whilst others are HAMS and enjoy working with
radio equipments. There are too many names to mention, and of course
some have passed on, but all their names live on with those of us who still
support the Museum and we are grateful for their contributions.
There is still a great deal to be done to incorporate some of the obsolete
naval equipment we now own into our exhibited collection, and weary though
it is, we are always looking for support in the form of donations either as
small cash gifts or as equipments [civilian, military or naval] to enhance
our environment. As previously mentioned, where an equipment donation
results in a duplication, we keep the best example, refurbish the other into
a fully working model and then sell it on to replenish our coffer. We have
very few overheads [no wage bill for example] and because of the generosity
afforded by HMS Collingwood, no rent or utility bills. The web pages are written in-house by
one of our volunteers at no cost to the
I will say goodbye now and leave you to browse our pages. All the
best. Bill Legg.