Wargaming, London, UK, 14 May 2013 — Wargaming.net, the award-winning publisher and developer, is pleased to announce that they have sponsored the creation of an education centre in Europe’s biggest tank museum based in the Bovington, England, and Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi will unveil a special plaque at this year’s Tankfest, 29th until 30th June where Wargaming will be attending for the 3rd year running with its award winning title World of Tanks.
The grant of £80,000 allowed for a previously unused room in The Tank Museum to be transformed into a contemporary, state-of-the-art class room; with a modern AV system, a suite of 20 high spec computers and seating for up to 60 students. The Tank Museums Education service provides an important proactive link with schools and teachers across the UK and beyond
“World of Tanks has generated huge interest in the history of armoured warfare amongst young people on-line,” Said Victor Kislyi Wargaming CEO “and with this room we can take this enthusiasm into the classroom to give a new generation of children a better appreciation of their national heritage”
“I am delighted that Wargaming.net are supporting The Tank Museum by funding our new Education Centre. This will be the first time that The Tank Museum has had a dedicated teaching space and will make a huge impact on the 7,000 school children who use our facilities each year,” Richard Smith Director the Tank Museum said. “The Wargaming.net Education Centre is such a first class facility, that it will make The Tank Museum’s Education Service much more attractive to schools in the region and further afield. We estimate that we will double the number of school visits within the next five years.”
With accolades that include the respected Sandford Award for Heritage Education, the service is led by professional teaching staff and places students in direct contact with source material whilst providing a specialist service to support teachers.
The museum at the moment hosts 7,000 school children each year, helping them learn about the impact of war on the society in which they live. Popular schools workshops include “Trench Warfare and the Birth of The Tank” and “The Home Front 1939 – 1945”.
The Wargaming.net Education Centre will be the main hub of activity for these groups as part of their visit, providing a modern and flexible learning space in which they can hear presentations, handle objects and understand the role of armoured vehicles and the soldiers who served in them.
In addition, the facility will be used as part of the on-going adult education work that The Tank Museum carries out, with regular programmes of lectures and talks. In 2013 this will include a programme of teacher-training as Britain prepares to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and the Centenary of the invention of the tank.
With the centenary of World War One on the horizon, the touchscreen PC’s in the Wargaming.net Education Centre will also provide a facility for children and families to further research members of their own family who served in the Great War.
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June 2013
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Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1500 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 55 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, both scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of the online battle gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal — www.wargaming.net.
About The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum, based in Bovington, Dorset, brings the story of tanks and tank crews to life. Housing the world’s most historically significant collection of tanks, the museum tells the story of this British invention from World War One to the present day in four powerful exhibitions. As you explore the Museum’s six large halls, you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in the wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those that fought in them. This unique, expanding collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded at the best in the world and includes the world’s first ever tank, the feared German Tiger and the modern Challenger 2. The Tank Museum is an Accredited Museum with a Designated Collection, a registered charity and is the museum of The Royal Tank Regiment and the Royal Armoured Corps.