The team from Continent 8 Technologies’ Isle of Man based facility faced an unusual challenge recently, one which was far removed from their day to day business of market-defining internet products and services. Having offered their personal time, as well as time out from their hectic work schedule – Museum Director, Ivor Ramsden, was quick to put the volunteers to work on the many projects on the go at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum.
“These guys have really been a great help”, remarked Ivor. “I re-sprayed the aeroplane during the summer and it really needed a polish to help protect it from the damp and salt during the winter. Upon hearing that Continent 8 Technologies were looking to give something back to the Isle of Man community, I wrote to them explaining what the museum was about and how there was always work to be done to maintain and improve the site and exhibits.”
“They responded very enthusiastically, spending a day and a half on site doing various tasks that would otherwise never have been done. The aeroplane really gleams in the sun now thanks to the coat of wax polish applied over many hours by the team, and with the old Manx Airlines colour scheme it has certainly brought back a lot of memories for the local people.”
Continent 8 Technologies staff went even further back in time from the cutting edge online industry to the much more basic heavy engineering of the 1940s when they embarked on the refurbishment of the museum’s Bofors gun.
The gun is on display outside the museum as an example of the types of weapons used by the Manx Regiment in World War Two. It had become rather weather-worn over the years so the team stepped in to clean it up and repaint it. The gun is now really eye-catching because it has been painted in the same sand colour that it would have been when used in the North African desert at the time of the battle of El Alamein.
The organiser of the exercise, Alistair Wood of Continent 8 Technologies, explained, “The company is very grateful to the Isle of Man, so we felt as a sign of our appreciation we wanted to give something back to a worthwhile local charity. When Ivor spoke of how the museum was operated and maintained solely by volunteers, we believed this was exactly what we wanted to be a part of. A team from a state-of-the-art technology industry helping restore and maintain what was back in the day, state-of-the-art technology.”
“Much fun was had by all throughout the time spent at the museum, and we even managed to have a barbeque to keep the workers going. I hope Ivor and all the volunteers at the Manx Aviation Preservation Society are pleased with the work achieved, and look forward to continuing our efforts in maintaining and improving the museum for all to enjoy, if they will have us back!”
Ivor concluded, “We are always short of volunteers to help out with the larger jobs on site. I am very pleased with the work done by the team on these two exhibits, which are focal points outside the museum. They are welcome back to help us out again, and if they work as well and as enthusiastically for their company as they did for us here, I think Continent 8 Technologies will go far!”