Diving Museum

No.2 Battery Stokes Bay: Historic Diving Museum
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.

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No.2 Battery Historic Diving Museum external displays: Atmospheric Diving Suit

The Historical Diving Society museum was established in No.2 Battery at Stokes Bay  in August 2010. It opened to the public on 30 April 2011 and was formally opened on 18 June 2011 by the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Chris Carter in the presence of Caroline Dinenage MP and Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson CB DSC.

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The Museum houses a collection of exhibits and artefacts connected with the history of diving. The Historical Diving Society (HDS) was formed in 1990 in the UK by a group of enthusiasts whose aim is to preserve and protect diving heritage.

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There is something for all, both divers and non-divers as well as activities for children including discovery quizzes. Exhibits include amongst many others equipment used by James Bond, modern and historical recreational diving equipment, deep saturation diving equipment and a comprehensive collection of Royal Navy equipment. Larger exhibits can be seen outside the Battery beneath the ramparts adjacent to the No.2 Battery car park.

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The Diving Museum, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU.
Opening hours: 11am to 4pm on Weekends and Bank Holidays from Easter to October inclusive.
The open season is from Good Friday to last Sunday in October.
Admission: Adults £3; Seniors and Children (under 16) £2; Family £8; Under 5s are free.
As the exhibits are both heavy and fragile,  all under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
By arrangement the museum may also be opened for special interest groups and educational visits.

The Diving Museum website

Please note: The Diving Museum is housed in a Victorian Battery. There is a short flight of stairs down into the museum. The museum volunteers are willing and able to assist anyone who may need help managing the stairs. They have a wheelchair in the museum which is available on request. Once you are in the museum all areas are then accessible by wheelchair.