YOUNGSTERS got a taste of life on a submarine thanks to a top children’s author.
Nick Arnold, author of the Horrible Science books, and illustrator Tony De Saulles, have helped create the exhibition at the Royal Navy Submarine museum in Gosport.
The exhibition, called The Horrible Science of Submarines, shows what life was like as a submariner in cartoon form, looking at the food they ate, how they washed and even how they went to the toilet.
A group of 40 pupils from schools in the north of Hampshire and Surrey came down to the museum to help launch the exhibition.
Robyn Foster, 11, from Binsted Primary School, said: ‘It’s amazing the way it’s all set out and the stuff that you can do.
‘It’s done in a fun way and it’s not boring.’
Angela Bradwell, 10, also from Binstead Primary, added: ‘It’s really exciting. I learned lots about submarines.’
Nick, said: ‘The whole story of submarines is all about science and that science tends to be horribly exciting and sometimes horribly funny, but always gruesome.
‘The exhibition brings it all to life.
‘I’m happy and grateful that the museum invited us to produce this exhibition.
‘I hope that the children will learn a new appreciation for how submarines work but even more so, a great respect and understanding for the hardship suffered by submariners in the past.
‘People who went down in these submarines were terribly brave.
‘The key to understanding and learning about anything is imagination.
‘What this exhibition aims to do is to bring subjects to life by engaging the imagination of young people.
‘Judging by the reaction of children, we’ve already started to do that. I’m sure the exhibition is going to be a great success.’
Tony added: ‘What a fantastic project this was to work on. It was fascinating to chat to retired submariners about life on board HMS Alliance and then translate their tales into cartoon strips.’
Curator at the museum Bob Mealings said: ‘It has been a real pleasure to work with Nick and Tony. We’re very proud of our exhibition.
‘I know it will entertain by showing the funny and horrible side of submarine life.’
The exhibition is open now and is free with a valid ticket to the museum.
To find out more please visit submarine-museum.co.uk.