This week HMS Alliance has become the first accessible submarine in the world. As part of the £7m conservation project to restore HMS Alliance back to her former glory, a lift has been installed to assist people with mobility difficulties to go onboard the historic submarine.
Chris Munns, Director at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum said, “The lift can transport one person in a wheelchair safely into the after-end of HMS Alliance. From that compartment they have an excellent view through the submarine engine room towards the control room. ”
“It is really marvellous to be able to offer this service to our visitors and we are all very honoured at being the first submarine that can do so!”
Members of the Gosport Access & Inclusion Groups visited the Submarine Museum on Wednesday 23 October to test the new lift and experience going onboard HMS Alliance for the first time. They were met by a submariner who told them about the submarine and shared some of his personnel stories of life onboard.
The Alliance Conservation Project will be fully completed ready for the historic submarine to be relaunched next Spring in 2014. Visitors to the Submarine Museum will be able to visit HMS Alliance throughout the summer holidays and during the internal restoration works.
Find out more about the conservation project on the Submarine Museum's curators blog.
Watch our youtube clip with Terry Rhodes taking about her first visit to HMS Alliance and the possibilities for people with disabilities.
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