Welcome aboard the HMS Ganges Museum website 

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 Easter until the end of October.

Although we are currently closed at weekend, if you wish to organise a group visit, or a special trip out of usual hours, please contact a volunteer out of hours t see if something can be arranged. 

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

Latest Buzz



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.