Celebration for Gosport diving museum’s third year

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GOSPORT’S diving museum is to celebrate its third year running in the town.

Based at historic No 2 Battery in Stokes Bay, the museum is run by The Historical Diving Society.

Work started to spruce up the Victorian coastal defence after the society took over in 2010, with the museum opening in April 2011.

Dr John Bevan is the chairman of the society and has invited the mayor of Gosport Cllr John Beavis to the celebration on Saturday.

Dr Bevan said: ‘It took a lot of hard work on the part of members and their families to clean up and paint the historic No 2 Battery.’

‘Gosport is the natural home for the country’s premier historical diving museum.’

He said the first diving helmet sold was bought by Gosport mariner Henry Abbinett, who in 1836 dived into the Solent to become the first person to see the Mary Rose in almost 300 years.

The museum is open on weekends, bank holidays and during Gosport Heritage Open Days, which start on Thursday and end on Sunday.