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Saving HMS Alliance -Work Starts

on Friday, 07 October 2011. Posted in Blog

Work starts on £6.5 million project to save HMS Alliance

Work started today to save the historic WWII era submarine HMS Alliance based at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire. The £6.5 million pound project is planned to conserve HMS Alliance, the centre-piece of the memorial to 5,300 British submariners who gave their lives for their country in the Service.

Jason Lowe, Saving HMS Alliance Project Manager said, “The first stage of works will involve constructing a permanent hard standing platform underneath Alliance. This will then allow access to conserve the 1940s’ submarine’s outer metal casing which has suffered from severe corrosion and also give visitors a whole new view of this important historic vessel”

Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement, Chairman of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum said today, “It is really exciting to finally be able start the actual physical work to save HMS Alliance. As the memorial to all the submariners who have fought and died in the submarine service, it is so important that she is conserved and brought to life for future generations to have the opportunity to understand and learn about “the silent service” that has been in operation for over 100 years protecting our nation.”

Councillor Christopher Carter, Mayor of Gosport said, “ HMS Alliance  is listed in the UK’s historic ship’s register, sitting alongside the Cutty Sark, the Mary Rose, and HMS Victory in importance, and she is the only remaining WW II era submarine in the UK that’s open to the public.  Her conservation for the future will continue to have a major impact for heritage and tourism in our area”

HMS Alliance was designed during the WWII for service in the Far East and was launched in 1945, as victory was achieved. She then began a distinguished 28 year career during the Cold War until she retired as the centrepiece of the Submarine Museum.

The project to save HMS Alliance received a £3.4 million lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery fund back in May. Exposed to sea water over cradles by the Museum quayside, the outer structure of HMS Alliance had corroded so badly that parts were literally in danger of falling into the sea below, a rusting process that has proved hard to arrest due to difficulties of access. 

As well as the physical conservation, at the heart of the project is a new education programme and dynamic interpretation scheme which will bring Alliance ‘back to life’ for all visitors. Improvements will include dressing the accommodation spaces to reflect the decades of Alliance’s service from the 1940’s through to the 1970’s with interactive soundscapes that reflect how the submarine looked and felt whilst on operations. The Museum will also be taking the project to the local community with an outreach programme featuring a range of fun and engaging events. It is hoped that volunteers will play an important role in all these activities as the project aims to clock up to 2,500 hours of volunteer time over its life span.

Over £6 million in funds and pledges has now been raised, including the £3.4 million award by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A further £1.5 million is required for a new Alliance gallery.

Fundraising still continues at the Submarine Museum which will remain open to visitors during the renovation work.  For more information on HMS Alliance and how people can get involved contact the HMS Alliance Appeal Office on 023 9251 0354 ext 244, or visit www.submarine-museum.co.uk.

Saving HMS Alliance - Latest News

on Wednesday, 13 July 2011. Posted in Blog

Getting Ready

Dean & Dyball, our contractors are now on site preparing the site to start work. The bow has just been wrapped after a week of wrestling with high winds and a specialist diving team have just finished checking the area is clear for piling. The piling work will begin in the week commencing the 3rd October and should take approx 5 weeks. Throughout the piling operations, noise levels will be monitored to ensure safety for visitors and staff alike. The piling will commence mid-ships on the port side and work around the boat. As this work comes round the boat it will be necessary to remove the gangways one at a time which will mean that HMS Alliance will be closed for a maximum of 2 days per gangway. The dates of the removal of the gangway will be known shortly, giving us a chance to communicate this properly.

Fundraising efforts still continue with community events, a staff sponsored cycle challenge and the Third Thursday Talks all contributing, leaving £470,000 still to raise. A big thank you goes to everyone who has contributed as every penny counts. If you want to donate, just click here.

Last week the fundraising dinner and auction on HMS Victory attracted 80 people and raised just under £35k for the Alliance Appeal. Further fundraising events planned include an afternoon of banjo and ukulele on Sunday 2 October, the Autumn season of Third Thursday talks that start this week, Submarine Father Christmas event in the early December and a defence industry dinner on 3 May at Trinity House in London.

So lots going on....keep in touch by signing up to our Alliance Appeal Newsletter from our website home page or follow us of facebook. 

Alliance Conservation Project - the Latest News

Written by Bill Sainsbury on Sunday, 29 May 2011. Posted in Blog

£3.4million lottery win to save HMS Alliance

Wohoo! The staff, guides, volunteers and submariners across the land have all received a great boost thanks to the £3.4million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

There is no doubt also to the great relief that we are all feeling.  To know that our ambitious plans to restore and conserve HMS Alliance has been seen as worthwhile by the Heritage Lottery Fund is one thing, but we are also extremely grateful to all our staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters across the country that are working so hard to raise the money that we need. It also means that we can start work very soon!

As well as the physical conservation of the casing which is widely known to need urgent repair; the project also includes a new education programme and dynamic interpretation scheme which will bring Alliance ‘back to life’ for all visitors.

Improvements will include dressing the accommodation spaces to reflect the decades of Alliance’s service from the 1940’s through to the 1970’s with interactive soundscapes that reflect how the submarine looked and felt whilst on operation. The Museum will also be taking the project to the local community with an outreach programme featuring a range of fun and engaging events.

It is hoped that volunteers will play an important role in all these activities as the project aims to clock up to 2,500 hours of volunteer time over its life span. If you are interested in volunteering for HMS Alliance then please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 023 92545033.

 

Fundraising still continues as the conservation work is budgeted to cost £6.5m. Over £5.8 million in funds and pledges have now been raised, including this £3.4 million award by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Also a further £1.5 million is required for a new Alliance gallery.

 

For more information on Saving HMS Alliance and how people can get involved, contact the HMS Alliance Appeal Office on 023 9251 0354 ext 244, or email here.

 

New Social Media Adventure for the Submarine Museum

on Monday, 07 February 2011. Posted in Blog

It's all very exciting for us here at the Submarine Museum in Gosport, as we  learn how to use our new blog facility.  We plan to use this method of communication to update you with insights from the curatorial department, behind the scenes of the Alliance Project and exciting developments from the world of submarines.

Please get involved and let us know what you think.