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The passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has caused everyone to reflect on what her reign meant to each of us individually and also to institutions such as HMS Ganges RNTE. Her Majesty visited HMS Ganges* in July 1961 and presented the crown to the 'Button Boy of the day' L/Jnr Leslie Smith. She also met Jnr Helliwell, who was to have been Button Boy but had sprained his ankle in training and had to meet the Queen sitting in a wheelchair. That visit must have had a lasting effect on those at Ganges at the time as her visit is still mentioned and remembered today.

Rest in Peace Ma'am. Your duty's done. Thank You.

*Photos recording the event can be found in the 1960's Gallery on PBase on the Collections page on this web-site.

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.

We are happy to tell you that work has now started on the main site. A new contractors entrance has been created and the Ceremonial Gates and along Caledonia Road have all been boarded up to prevent damage to the Grade 2 listed structures. 

Please be aware that, for your own safety the only people allowed on the site, other than the contractors themselves, are those who are there by special invitation. Please be patient. We have waited this long for something to happen. We can surely wait a little longer to let the contractors go about their business safely and quickly. 

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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, 2022 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 put towards  running costs. Disabled entry is available but should you require any special assistance please do not hesitate to speak to the Attendants who will be only too pleased to assist you.

Whilst Toilets are not available in the Museum, we have an arrangement with the Shipwreck and are able to use their facilities including full disabled facilities.

We also sell mementos of your visit at our shop counter and stock a wide range of competitively priced items.

Faith, Hope and Charity

Whilst the developers of the Marina site have now completed the flats on the old Suffolk Lodge and the houses on the old Boatyard they are continuing further along King Edward VII Drive on what was known as the Grassy Knoll, now renamed Ganges Point.

The steps known as Faith Hope and Charity are the concern of the developers of the main site and, at this point in time there are more pressing matters that concern them before they are able to refurbish the steps.

Check us out on   or Pbase on the collections page of this site where you will find well over another 10,000 photos covering the life of HMS Ganges 

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