2011 Our first year

At the end of our first, highly successful, season, the visitor statistics (see image) speak for themselves.


Staffed entirely by volunteers, the museum was open for 74 days this year and attracted a total of 5,278 visitors. However, for some of this we need to thank the US Navy for anchoring the USS George Bush off Stokes Bay in May and of special interest is the numbers attracted to the museum on the Gosport Big Day Out (12 June 2011) and Gosport Heritage Days (8-11 September 2011). There was also renewed interest in November following the excellent Television and Press coverage of the arrival of our first external exhibits – two compression chambers that were used in Alverstoke for world leading diving research.

During the year special interest groups and educational visits were arranged for:

  • Medical Examiners of Divers – 10 May
  • French twinned town Royan delegation – 22 May
  • Special Opening Ceremony – 18 June
  • Bay House School – 11 July
  • NATO Diving Working Group – 27 September
  • DIVEX – 4 October
  • Mary Rose Patrons – 14 October
  • British Hyperbaric Association – 20 October
  • Nautical Archaeological Society – 6 November

As well as groups of divers from the following diving clubs:

  • Southsea BSAC
  • Guildford BSAC
  • Selsey BSAC
  • Harlow SAC

Work continues behind the scenes with new display layouts and additional external exhibits regularly being updated.

Put a date to visit in your diary!