Victory museum has a new star attraction

Shae Williams
Shae Williams
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A MUSEUM about HMS Victory started by a 10-year-old boy has a new centrepiece.

As previously reported, Shae Williams started a museum about Victory in his bedroom at home in Norwich after falling in love with the Portsmouth-based ship.

When he read about Shae’s story, David Johnson of Lovedean donated a 3ft long model of Victory.

Jean Poar of Southsea was also inspired by Shae’s passion for history to donate three books about Victory and a pack of historical postcards of the ship.

The young history buff picked up the donations when visiting Portsmouth with his family during the half-term break.

Shae said he wanted to thank Mr Johnson and Mrs Poar for their gifts.

He said: ‘It’s really kind of them. If they ever come up to Norfolk they can come to my museum for free.’

Mr Johnson, 73, bought the model in Saudi Arabia, but was unable to finish it after suffering from a stroke.

Shae said it would be the fourth model of the ship he had in his collection.

He said: ‘It’s really detailed.’

Shae has visited Victory at the Historic Dockyard six times.