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

Timings
April 2019 – March 2024 and ongoing

Objectives
Enhanced visitor attraction
Improve useable space
Restoration

Partners
Lead: Historical Diving Society
Gosport Borough Council

Funding
Gosport Borough Council
Historic England
National Lottery Heritage Fund

Arts Council England (MEND & CIP)

Where are we now?

The museum succeeded in a first stage application to National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England to repair and bring new uses for Battery 2.  They have also been successful in securing Arts Council MEND and CIP funds to improve the environmental conditions within Battery 2 and install an accessible entrance to the museum.

Work to repair the Listed Battery began in November 2023.

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