Welcome aboard the HMS Ganges Museum website 


This summer's showpiece display celebrates WRNS being formed as a body 100 years ago. 

Put together by our stalwart volunteer Sheila Wilson the board shows the part Jenny Wrens played at Ganges since first arriving in 1940, when the base was Hostilities Only and the boys went to the Isle of Man from training. 

Faith, Hope and Charity

Thought you might enjoy this picture of infamous steps which were recent uncovered by developers that are building 12 apartments as part of 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 latests pics.

Ganges Development Gets Green Light

Great news at last for all those who want to see the former HMS Ganges site developed and turned into something positive. Woolverstone PC has been refused leave to appeal the decision by the High Court Judge, the late Justice Patterson, which backed Babergh DC and the developers Haylink, after permission was granted to develop the Ganges site. Hopefully, after two planning committee decisions for the development, a High Court Judge approval and now an appeal judge, the proceedings will cease and the decisions are accepted. However, Woolverstone PC, still have seven days to request a oral hearing, although given the extremely eloquent and fulsome reasons given by Lord Justice Lindblom, there would appear virtually no chance of them succeeding.
Woolverstone have also lost their appeal of costs and must pay Babergh and Haylink's costs too.

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 two years, or as six-week wonders in the latter days of Ganges. 

Opening Times

The museum is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank  Holidays from 1100-1700 (last entry 1630). From Good Friday, 2018 until the end of October.

If you wish to organise a group visit, or a special trip out of usual hours, please contact a volunteer out of hours to see if something can be arranged. 

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

The Shipwreck Lofts, above the museum,is an ideal B&B for those visiting the HMS Ganges Museum. Check website for dates 

Both the Bristol Arms and Shotley Rose, which were used by staff and civilians based at Ganges, are still operating and all-exGanges boys can be assured of a warm welcome from Shane and his staff at the Bristol, and Sarah, Jamie and staff at the Rose.

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HMS Ganges played a hugely important role in the lives of civilians living on the Shotley peninsula, Ipswich, Harwich and Felixstowe and we held an exhibition at Shotley Village Hall and the museum to mark the 40-year anniversary since the ensign was lowered for the final time. 

Whether it was working to help look after the 2,000 trainees and instructors at any one time, or enjoying the swimming pool, sporting facilities, the bowling alley or coming along to the Open Days, fetes and various parties held at HMS Ganges, the Royal Navy’s most famous training establishment impacted on many peoples’ lives.

Many people shared their memories, so others could enjoy the stories, ditties and tales of life enjoyed by the men and women that made HMS Ganges tick.

More than 300 people came along to join in and the event attracted large amount of publicity with Lesley Dolphin, Luke Deal and Mark Murphy all featuring the day on their respective BBC Radio Suffolk shows.