Animals of warNew for 2015 - Forgotten Wrecks of WW1

With over 700 wartime wrecks along England’s south coast alone, the conflict has left a rich heritage legacy and many associated stories of bravery and sacrifice. This exhibition represent the vestiges of a vital, yet little known, struggle that took place on a daily basis, just off our shores.

Yarmouth Roads bronze cannon

One of the most spectaular finds in the museum is the bronze cannon recovered from the protected wreck site; Yarmouth Roads  

Animals at War

This exhibition shows some of the miraculous stories of animals involved in the World Wars, and why a humble cat was awarded a special medal for services at sea.


20 years of digging in the solent20 Years of Digging in the Solent

This special exhibition celebrates the last 20 years of the Maritime Archaeology Trust and takes a look back at some of the most important discoveries and pivotal moments in the Trust's research.

ArtefactsProtected Wrecks 

A key area of maritime archaeology is the research and sometimes exploration of wreck sites. Our exhibition explores the deep concentration of protected wrecks in the Solent and how they become time capsules of the past.

Underwater archaeologyGuide to Underwater Archaeology 

If you have ever wanted to be an archaeologist and explore the past, this room gives an insight into the world of underwater exploration.  With dioramas of archaeologists at work, you can learn about the challenges they face and the technology they use to see under the waves.

FlintsSunken Settlements Exhibition

This room delves beneath the Solent to uncover the flooded past and displays the work done by the Maritime Archaeology Trust on the Mesolithic (8,500-4,000 years old) site of Bouldnor Cliff.  Situated just off the northern coast of the Isle of Wight, this unique and important submerged landscape was once the highest point of the chalk ridge.  The story of Bouldnor Cliff sits alongside other pre-historic finds from the Solent and an animation asking could you survive the Stone Age?

Fort VictoriaFort Victoria Exhibition 

Sunken Secrets is housed within five casemates of Fort Victoria.  Fort Victoria was one of dozens of Victorian fortifications built around the shores of Britain to defend the nation from an anticipated French invasion. During its life it served as a sea mining station, a coastal artillery training school, and a base for British speedboats supporting the D-Day landings. After the Second World War it was used as a small vessel training station for men on their National Service. This exhibition tells the story of the fort and its important role at the cutting edge of military technology.