THE long-term future of a museum looks to have been secured as a takeover is on the cards.
The Explosion! Museum at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport is set to be taken over by the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Through social media, both museums’ Facebook pages and their Twitter feeds refer to Explosion! having already become a branch of the national museum.
And a sign has also been put up outside Explosion! referring to the national museum.
However, when The News contacted the national museum, we were told that no-one would be available to comment as the deal has yet to be signed off.
Staff at Explosion! – the museum of naval firepower – referred The News to the national museum.
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘Explosion! is in the process of being transferred from the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to the National Museum of the Royal Navy at the moment.
‘The good news is that this is going to safeguard the museum, and in that respect I’m delighted that they’ve announced it already on Facebook. It just shows the value of the collection and the story that it tells that the national museum is taking this step.
‘When they advertise their portfolio of museums nationally and internationally, it means Gosport will get another mention, and that can only be a positive step for us.’
When the museum opened in 2001 it was initially run by Gosport Borough Council, but responsibility was transferred to the trust, which runs the Historic Dockyard, in 2009.
Hardway ward councillor Roger Allen, said: ‘It secures the future of the museum and I’m obviously very happy about that.
‘I have seen the museum go from nothing to what it is now and it’s great news.’
The national museum is also responsible for HMS Victory, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, also in Gosport, the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset.