Gosport Diving Museum

© Historic England Archive, James O. Davies

Historic England have been working with Gosport Borough Council and the Historical Diving Museum to help bring this Grade II* Listed building back into full use.

The museum houses an internationally important collection, including exhibits on loan from national museums and has just achieved full accreditation.

This complex structure includes the original mid-19th century gun battery, late 19th Century and early 20th Century gun emplacements, and a 1980s nuclear bunker.

Currently, the building is 60% unused because of dereliction, including challenges with the roof, drying, ventilation and access. Further work could be a catalyst for other projects in Stokes Bay and the Alver Valley, and links to the designation of the conservation area and potentially interpretation of the complete line of fortifications.

The project will enhance the visitor attraction at the museum, improve useable space for the community and potentially provide employment opportunities.

Key Facts

April 2019 – March 2023

Enhanced visitor attraction
Improve useable space

Lead: Historical Diving Society
Gosport Borough Council

Gosport Borough Council
Historic England
National Lottery Heritage Fund

Where are we now?

The museum has received some new exhibits this year and they open for the summer season on Saturday 3rd July.  They are preparing a first stage application to National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England to repair and bring new uses for Battery 2.