Gosport’s Diving Museum nominated for third award in a year

GOOD EXPERIENCE The Diving Museum showcase a variety of diving exhibits for visitors to view
GOOD EXPERIENCE The Diving Museum showcase a variety of diving exhibits for visitors to view
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The Diving Museum in Gosport is celebrating triple success after being nominated again for an award.

Earlier this year, the Diving Museum made it into the top six out of 850 museums shortlisted in the Daily Telegraph’s Family Friendly Award.

They were also nominated and shortlisted in the Service With a Smile category of the We Can Do It Awards in The News 
– the winners and runners-up of which were announced at the Kings Theatre recently.

Now the museum, which is located in Stokes Bay, Gosport, has discovered they have been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK from the Queen.

The museum’s officer, Kevin Casey, said: ‘It’s just been phenomenal this year.

‘Two of the nominations were voted for by the public. We didn’t even know about one.

‘We received a call to say we had been nominated for The News award.

‘This has given us all great pride and satisfaction to know that the visitors have enjoyed their experience enough to vote.

‘Just to be nominated is enough. You don’t have to win to prove that all the hard work has paid off.’

The museum allows visitors to come and discover more about the underwater activity by showcasing a range of exhibits.

These include equipment used by the Royal Navy, as well as those featured in the James Bond films.

The museum, which has been open for five years, is run entirely by volunteers.

Mr Casey added that the nominations have given recognition to all those involved with the museum.

‘It really is testament to the hard work of all the volunteers,’ he said.

‘We all give up our time, whilst juggling families and other commitments, because we love diving and want to keep the history of it preserved.’

The museum is now looking to achieve national status, with the help of Gosport Borough Council. For more information visit divingmuseum.co.uk.