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 represented the vestiges of a vital, yet little known, struggle that took place on a daily basis, just off our shores.

2014-2015 Aminals at War 

This exhibition showed 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.

2013-2015 Protected 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.

2012 –West Wight’s Sunken Secrets

This exhibition focused on the vast array of shipwrecks that lay just off the coast of the west of the Isle of Wight.  Many of these ships have very interesting stories that were bought to life in 2012 with artefact displays, in-depth text panels and a short animation produced with the help of the Isle of Wight Brighstone Brownies and Guides.

2011 –The interlinked stories of HMS Impregnable and HMS Victory 

This exhibition focused on the wreck of HMS Impregnable and it’s significance on the change of role for HMS Victory.  This incredible story was told through in-depth text panels, artefact displays from the HMS Victory anchorage and re-fit site and a DVD that takes you under the anchorage site to explore the place where HMS Victory was re-fitted to eventually become Nelson’s Flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

2010 – Digitising HMS Invincible

Focused on the wreck of HMS Invincible, a 74 gun French warship captured by the British in 1747 and lost in the Eastern Solent in 1758. This exciting story was told though in-depth text panels, artefact displays and a DVD that takes you under the Solent to explore the wreck site.

2009 – The Story of HMS Pomone

This exhibition focused on the wreck of HMS Pomone, an 1805 Leda class gun frigate, lost on the Needles while returning from the Mediterranean with military intelligence for King George. This action packed story was told though in-depth text panels and a DVD that takes you under the seas to explore the wreck site.