Educating Through Touching History
The Victoria Cross Trust uses its new and exciting airsoft shooting range as the platform for a wider educational experience. For a small fee of £4 visitors to the Victoria Cross Trust shop which is located in the Lakeside shopping centre in Doncaster, can enhance their retail experience and have the opportunity to learn about the Victoria Cross medal and in particular our seven local recipients.
Your guided tour will include seeing unusual artefacts that tell the story of the Victoria Cross. In addition to making the stories of these brave soldiers come to life we have displays that show the vital work of the Land Girls and the Home Front in WW2. We also have a range of original deactivated weapons on display which were used in different conflicts around the world and we tell you the stories behind these weapons.
The tours are led by our volunteer military veterans and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and learn about their individual military backgrounds.
We can tailor each tour to cater for individual interests and in our teaching about key military conflicts we ensure that both adults and children understand the wider consequences of warfare and violence.
We use our Airsoft range as a basis for our educational programme as airsoft is a growing hobby, it is becoming a popular pastime and it offers a lot of fun. Airsoft sites are increasing and at the Victoria Cross Trust airsoft range we teach adults and children how to use airsoft weapons safely.
Our airsoft range is run by ex-servicemen with a wealth of knowledge in weaponry, experience that they have gained in real life military operations.
We will advise you on the essential areas of safety, the use of protective clothing and the safe handling of our weapons. We can teach you how to fill the magazine and safely load the airsoft weapons and also demonstrate how the weapon works and how it is powered through various charging systems. You will also learn how to shoot at static targets using single shots or automatic fire.
Why not come along and ‘just have a go’, the weapon will be prepared for you and you will be shown the basics of firing at a target down the range. By taking part in this educational experience in the near future you will also gain access to a forthcoming new section of our website. This soon to be launched educational page will offer a range of additional material such as;
the history of the Victoria Cross
how to use dedicated search sites to research your ancestors’ military history
details on individual conflicts
details on individual campaigns
Material on this section of the website will be regularly updated as our researchers submit further information to us.
The Victoria Cross Trust can also cater for school visits to the shooting range or group visits and we can tailor the educational experience to meet your specific interests or needs. We can also visit your school or your group meetings with a range of artefacts and tailor our visit to you to meet your curriculum needs.
For those who cannot wait for the next visit to our shop we also sell airsoft weapons for the correct use in the airsoft environment.