Engineering expert to give a talk on preservation of historic Royal Navy submarine in Gosport

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A LEADING engineer is set to give an insight into the conservation of an historic Royal Navy submarine.

Ian Clark, a nationally-known engineering conservator, will hold lessons on the heritage of the Holland One at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, in Gosport on Thursday, September 22.

The event, which begins at 7pm, will see Ian discuss how the submarine was conserved, after it had been previously wrecked for 69 years.

Ian, who is an elected member of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, will also see whether a strategy can be set up for the preservation of HMS Alliance, a World War Two era submarine based at the Submarine Museum.

HMS Alliance is due to undergo major conservation at the museum, and all proceeds from Ian’s talk will go towards supporting a campaign to save the submarine.

Mr Clark said: ‘The decisions that became the keel blocks for the Holland 1 project, will resurface again for HMS Alliance, but they are far more complex.’

The talk is part of a new season of Third Thursday Talks at the Submarine Museum which begin on September 22.

The season is also set to feature a discussion on the development of the submarine service in the interwar period and tales by best-selling author Tim Clayton. Tickets for Ian’s talk cost £8 and can be bought by calling 023 92510 354.