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For at least the last twelve months or so we have been asked about the future of the Mast and the site in general. It gives us immense pleasure to tell you that a construction company, based in Birmingham, called Wavensmere Homes has entered into a joint partnership with Galliard Homes, the present owners of the former HMS Ganges training site at Shotley Gate, in Suffolk.

Wavensmere are very conscious of the history and heritage of the site and its importance to those many sailors who were trained there.

As a result, they have met with us twice now to discuss how we can all work together to keep the history and heritage alive for future generations. They are also very keen to give us as much support as possible so that the museum can continue to function as the main source of information regarding HMS Ganges history.

The most important news that we discussed is the completion of the refurbishment of the Mast and the Parade Ground at the earliest possible time.

I think I can safely say that the Trustees of the museum all feel that we have just been given the best possible Christmas present, given all the uncertainty that has lately surrounded the future not only of the museum but the mast and parade ground also.

 

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New Video Available

If you go to the Collections page you will find an evaluation copy of a video which is available to purchase from Jim Worlding, all proceeds to the Museum coffers, details at the end of the video. 

Opening Times

The museum is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank  Holidays from 1100-1700 (last entry 1630). From Good Friday, 2020 until the end of October.

If you are unable to visit during a weekend, or you wish to organise a special trip out of usual hours, please go to the contact page and one of us will be only to happy arrange your visit. Please remember that we are all volunteers so at least 14 days notice would be appreciated. Don't forget, if you want to include a wider tour of the beautiful Suffolk countryside with your visit to the museum, the  Shipwreck Lofts provide comfortable B&B style accommodation for that longer stay.    

Entry to the museum is free, although all donations are welcome and are used for running costs.

This summer's showpiece display is set in the memory of the launch of the ship which became the Training Ship HMS Ganges. She was launched in Mumbai (Bombay)two hundred years ago this year. 

Faith, Hope and Charity

Thought you might enjoy this picture of the infamous steps which were recent uncovered by developers who are building 12 apartments as part of the Shotley Marina project.

I'm sure this will be the first of many exciting revelations as the developments down the front and on Ganges site take place.

Check us out on    for all the latest pics (Please type 'THE' in front of HMS Ganges Museum. to find the correct Museum Facebook page) 

From Boys To Men

HMS Ganges Museum is dedicated to the 160,000 boys who went through the gates as boys and marched out as men, from its inception as a Royal Navy Training Establishment in 1905 to its closure in 1976.

The training was tough, brutal at times, yet many of those who came through remember HMS Ganges, at Shotley Gate, with a certain fondness. All the artefacts on display have been donated by former trainees, instructors and staff, or their families.

The museum is manned by volunteers, many are former Ganges boys, long in the tooth but with a head full of knowledge, anecdotes and memories whether they went through the full year, or as six-week wonders in the latter days of Ganges. 

At the Marina on the former Ganges lower sports field site you will find the Shipwreck Restaurant and Bar, above which are the Shipwreck Lofts. A view from the balcony of one of the rooms is shown below. Both the Bristol Arms and Shotley Rose, which were used by staff and civilians based at Ganges, are still operating and all ex-Ganges boys can be assured of a warm welcome from Shane and his staff at the Bristol, and Sarah, Jamie and staff at the Rose. See also the links page for further details