It is not yet popularly known, but Gosport is the home of the global diving industry. The co-inventor of the diving helmet, John Deane, lived in Gosport from 1835 to 1845 during which time he discovered the Mary Rose. The first diving helmet ever sold by the inventors was to a Gosport mariner, Henry Abbinett. Gosport represents a natural home for the country's premier historical diving museum. The smoke helmet that launched the global underwater industry is in the Museum. The Deane Helmet. It is the only surviving example in the world. From ancient times man has reaped the natural treasures of the oceans – pearls and coral have been collected since at least 5000 BC. The 18th century saw an explosion of interest in recovering treasures from sunken vessels. Experimentation with diving bells was followed by the invention of the diving helmet in the 19th century – commercial diving was born. After the Second World War, sport diving became popular. Today, divers can work at depths as great as 300 m doing everything from military operations, oilfield support, salvage and construction to fish farming, archaeology, research – and even just for fun! From ancient to modern, it’s all at The Diving Museum. The Diving Museum is an outreach project of the Historical Diving Society and it is manned entirely by volunteers.
11 am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays from 6 April to the last Sunday in October
Adults £4 Seniors £3 Kids (5-15) £3 Under 5s FREE Family Ticket (two adults and up to 4 children under 16) £12 Carers free Special evening events as published
By Car: SatNav users please use PO12 2QU From the M27, exit at Junction 11 (Fareham). Follow the signs to Gosport (A27 and then A32) and then follow the road signs to Stokes Bay. The Museum is at the western end of Stokes Bay. By Bus: The Solent Ranger X5 bus that runs between Gosport and Southampton stops right outside the Museum (Stokes Bay Home Park bus stop). By Train: The nearest train stations are Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour. From Fareham Station take the X5 bus towards Gosport. From Portsmouth Harbour take the Gosport Ferry to Gosport and then catch the X5 bus from Gosport Bus Station. Alight at Stokes Bay Home Park bus stop which is right outside the Museum.
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