New Exhibition: Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War

We are excited to announce the launch of our new temporary exhibition: Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War.

The Forgotten Wrecks project is being run by the Maritime Archaeology Trust who say:

‘Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) four year project devised and delivered by the Maritime Archaeology Trust to coincide with the centenary of the Great War. At the heart of the project is a desire to raise the profile of a currently under-represented aspect of the First World War. While attention is often focused on the Western Front and major naval battles like Jutland, historic remains from the war lie, largely forgotten, in and around our seas, rivers and estuaries.

With over 1000 wartime wrecks along England’s south coast alone, the conflict has left a rich heritage legacy and many associated stories of bravery and sacrifice. These underwater memorials represent the vestiges of a vital, yet little known, struggle that took place on a daily basis, just off our shores. Through a programme of fieldwork, research, temporary exhibitions and outreach, the project aims to engage communities and volunteers and provide a lasting legacy of information and learning resources relating to First World War wrecks for future generations.’

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday the 27th of May, and will run until Wednesday the 9th of August.  To mark the opening of the exhibition during half term week visitors young and old are invited to create their own ‘make and take’ Captain’s hat.  Visitors can share their creations on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for a chance to be featured!

Please see our half term events page for details of our behind the scenes tours and other family activities.

Please note that the exhibition will be situated on the second floor of the museum, which is only accessible by stairs.

If you have any questions or would like further details about this exhibition, or about accessibility, please see our Visitor Information page, or please contact us.