A POPULAR museum has been shortlisted as one of the best family-friendly visitor attractions in the country.
The Diving Museum in Gosport has made it to the shortlist of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award – the biggest award of its kind in Britain.
We think it’s phenomenal. We just can’t believe it, we were stunnedKevin Casey, museums officer
More than 800 nominations were received this year but it has now made it to the final six.
The winner will be chosen on reports by ‘mystery shopper-style’ checks from families who will be visiting the finalists.
Kevin Casey is the museums officer.
He said: ‘We think it’s phenomenal.
‘We just can’t believe it – we were stunned.
‘We thought it was a great achievement to get into the top 20 and to be listed alongside other museums, like the Science Museum.’
The Diving Museum is an outreach project of The Historical Diving Society, a registered charity, and is run by volunteers.
It is housed in and around a Grade II-listed, 19th century gun battery.
The aim of the museum, which is in its fifth season, is to be educational, informative and of general interest to all visitors, both divers and non-divers.
Mr Casey added: ‘What makes us fit the bill is that we are all volunteers from a diving background of some format.
‘We are very passionate about the subject.
‘We help people as much as we can so that when they leave they know a lot more than when they walked in.
‘We try and give everyone a great experience.’
The museum, in Stokes Bay Road, houses a large collection of diving equipment and related items covering early development, military, commercial and sport diving as well as illustrating the strong links between Gosport and early diving.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Telegraph newspaper offices on Thursday, September 24.
The museum is open on weekends and bank holidays from 11am until 4pm between April and October.