The Diving Museum

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It is not yet popularly known, but Gosport is the home of the global diving industry. The co-inventor of the diving helmet, John Deane, lived in Gosport from 1835 to 1845 during which time he discovered the Mary Rose. The first diving helmet ever sold by the inventors was to a Gosport mariner, Henry Abbinett. Gosport represents a natural home for the country's premier historical diving museum. The smoke helmet that launched the global underwater industry is in the Museum. The Deane Helmet. It is the only surviving example in the world.

From ancient times man has reaped the natural treasures of the oceans – pearls and coral have been collected since at least 5000 BC. The 18th century saw an explosion of interest in recovering treasures from sunken vessels. Experimentation with diving bells was followed by the invention of the diving helmet in the 19th century – commercial diving was born. After the Second World War, sport diving became popular. Today, divers can work at depths as great as 300 m doing everything from military operations, oilfield support, salvage and construction to fish farming, archaeology, research – and even just for fun! From ancient to modern, it’s all at The Diving Museum.

The Diving Museum is an outreach project of the Historical Diving Society and it is manned entirely by volunteers.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

11 am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays from 6 April to the last Sunday in October

Admission charges

Adults £4
Seniors £3
Kids (5-15) £3
Under 5s FREE
Family Ticket (two adults and up to 4 children under 16) £12
Carers free
Special evening events as published

Getting there

By Car: SatNav users please use PO12 2QU
From the M27, exit at Junction 11 (Fareham). Follow the signs to Gosport (A27 and then A32) and then follow the road signs to Stokes Bay. The Museum is at the western end of Stokes Bay.

By Bus: The Solent Ranger X5 bus that runs between Gosport and Southampton stops right outside the Museum (Stokes Bay Home Park bus stop).

By Train: The nearest train stations are Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour. From Fareham Station take the X5 bus towards Gosport.
From Portsmouth Harbour take the Gosport Ferry to Gosport and then catch the X5 bus from Gosport Bus Station. Alight at Stokes Bay Home Park bus stop which is right outside the Museum.

We are proud to have one of the best collections of diving equipment in Europe covering everything from early to modern diving, commercial to sport diving, and military to experimental diving. Each piece has a tale to tell about the exploration of our amazing underwater world. Sometimes even the smallest pieces have remarkable stories to tell.

Collection details

Maritime, Sport, Science and Technology, Coins and Medals, Industry, Social History, Personalities, Architecture, Archaeology, Film and Media

Key artists and exhibits

  • Earliest Diving Helmet "The Deane Helmet"
  • Buster Crabb
  • The Newt Suit
  • Jaques Cousteau
  • Scientific Diving
  • William Walker

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Paint brushes underwater

Underwater 2019

  • 25 — 27 May 2019

The art work is displayed amongst the museum's artefacts. Our visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite piece. The artist whose work attracts the most votes will win a prize which will be awarded at 4pm on Monday 27 May. Most of the pieces on display are also available to be purchased. Those artists wishing to exhibit will find further details at our parent organisation's website: www.thehds.com.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £4, Seniors and Kids (-4-16 years) £3, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Under 4s FREE, Carers FREE

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Plastics floating in the ocean

Plastic Pollution

  • 1 June 2019 7-9pm

Illustrated talk by David Jones Bsc, BA, Msc, MInstRE, AMICE, FRGS. Professional underwater photographer and media specialist, David has worked for the BBC alongside TV personalities such as David Attenborough, Bear Grylls and Ben Fogle. As diving supervisor, cameraman and executive advisor, he worked on the award winning film 'A Plastic Ocean' which was 7 years in the making.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7 including refreshments

Deep water marine specimin

Exploring the Hidden Face of our Deep Ocean Planet

  • 13 July 2019 7-9:30pm

We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the ocean floor. Very few people have travelled there and seen the hidden face of our planet. Jon was also involved with the BBC Blue Planet 2 series as a science advisor, diving to 1km deep in the Antarctic in a mini submarine.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8 includes refreshments

Cave divers

No Room for error- The Thai Cave Rescue

  • 20 July 2019 7-9pm

In June 2018, 12 young boys (and their coach) decided to go exploring in the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. When the boys did not return home, a full blown rescue was set in progress. Experienced cave divers from all over the world arrived to help. Connor Roe was one of those divers. Connor's talk will cover his experiences as a cave diver and his involvement with the astonishing rescue.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 including refreshments

Diver hanging onto a depth line

Death on the Line

  • 16 — 18 October 2019

Death on the Line is a light-hearted murder mystery evening of entertainment that will test your powers of deduction. Over a hearty fish and chip supper, highly suspicious characters will attempt to bamboozle you with their lies and red herrings. A prize will be awarded to the table of four who discover the murderer and most closely deduce the motives.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 includes refreshments

Getting there

By Car: SatNav users please use PO12 2QU
From the M27, exit at Junction 11 (Fareham). Follow the signs to Gosport (A27 and then A32) and then follow the road signs to Stokes Bay. The Museum is at the western end of Stokes Bay.

By Bus: The Solent Ranger X5 bus that runs between Gosport and Southampton stops right outside the Museum (Stokes Bay Home Park bus stop).

By Train: The nearest train stations are Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour. From Fareham Station take the X5 bus towards Gosport.
From Portsmouth Harbour take the Gosport Ferry to Gosport and then catch the X5 bus from Gosport Bus Station. Alight at Stokes Bay Home Park bus stop which is right outside the Museum.

The Diving Museum
No 2 Battery
Stokes Bay Road
Gosport
Hampshire
PO12 2QU
England

Website

We are a small, volunteer-run museum powered by you. You are the reason we exist. We look forward to helping you explore our museum.

http://www.divingmuseum.co.uk

E-mail

info@divingmuseum.co.uk

Telephone

02392 602260

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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