26th Sep, 2020

Creative Chris makes model of Lickey Hills' First World War gun proof range

A MODEL of how the Bilberry Hill Gun Proof Range on the Lickey Hills may have looked during the First World War has been created by resident Chris Burwood.

Chris was inspired by the recent Hidden First World War Heritage of the Lickey Hills project which was made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The 1/72 scale model was constructed using information gathered by the HLF project team during 2017 and 2018.

The Bilberry Hill Gun Proof Range was built towards the end of the First World War (late 1917), under the direction of the Ministry of Munitions, to carry out the inspection testing of repaired 4.5” howitzer field guns and 18-pdr carriages.

The guns and carriages were returned from the battlefields in Europe and repaired at the Austin Motor factory in nearby Longbridge.

The diorama was on display at the recent Lickey Hills Local History Society Heritage Open Weekend at the country park and proved to be a very popular exhibit.

It is now on long-term loan to the Lickey Hills Rangers and has been installed in the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre.

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