Gosport Discovery Centre

Gosport Discovery Centre
High Street
PO12 1BT

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014


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0845 603 5631

02392 523463

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In the centre of Gosport, the Discovery Centre combines the best of traditional libraries with an exciting world of fun, learning and leisure. Whether you want to find the latest blockbuster, dig up information on your ancestors, watch a dance performance, or learn to surf the net, it's all here.

There are three sites and four floors of books, reference materials, art, local history, museum exhibits, film, music and events - something for all ages and interests. There are special zones for children and young people, as well as comfy seating areas for reading or relaxing. For those who want to study, there are quiet areas, as well as a full range of library services.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Opening hours

Discovery Centre
Mon-Fri 09.30-19.00
Sat 09.00-16.30

Gosport Gallery
Mon-Sat 10.00-16.00

Local Studies Centre
Mon, Wed, Fri 09.30-17.00
Tues and Thurs 09.30-19.00
Sat 09.00-16.30

Closed: Sun

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Artists Rifles exhibition

The Artists Rifles: From Pre-Raphaelites to Passchendaele

  • 4 October — 27 December 2014 *on now

Gosport Gallery is proud to host the final leg of this special touring exhibition, as part of Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914.

At the outbreak of World War I, Paul Nash, a prominent artist, gave up painting and enlisted in the Artists Rifles, eventually fighting with the Hampshire Regiment.
Inspired by his story, this exhibition introduces the Artists Rifles: a volunteer regiment founded in 1860 under the threat of French invasion. Its early membership was a who's who of the Victorian art world: Burne Jones, Rossetti, Millais, Leighton and Holman Hunt.

The Great War saw a new stream of creative people join its ranks: Frank Dobson, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and John Nash who went 'over the top' with the regiment in 1917.

Follow a history of the regiment and its members through a selection of artworks from major national collections, including the Imperial War Museum, Leighton House Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the British Council Collection. Through their work, memorabilia and fascinating history, meet the Artists Rifles and learn their incredible untold story.

Suitable for

  • Any age