As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Project to restore HMS Alliance we are working with a wide range of groups in the local community, this is an ongoing project to link in with the project to restore HMS Alliance.
Some of the projects we are working on during 2013 include:
Scarf for a submarine:
Working with 40 local groups and indivudals from Gosport, Fareham and the local area we are creating a giant scarf for HMS Alliance. Local knitting enthusiasts from groups ranging from local knitting circles, Women’s Institute’s to social groups for older people have taken part.
The 400 plus squares have been sewn together by volunteers from Gosport Volunatry Action’s sewing and craft group as well as the museum’s volunteers. We will be holding a special unveiling event in December.
Wool for the project has been donated by local individuals and a number of wool companies and suppliers.
We would like to thank all of our knitters who have taken part!
The project came runner up in the Portsmouth News 'We can do it awards' 2013 in the best art and community project, this event was held at the King's Theatre, southsea and the project was shortlisted with 5 other worthy projects.
Takeover day: As part of 'National Kids in Museums' takeover day 2013, we worked with sixth formers from Bay House School & Sixth Form they will be taking over the museum's learning department. They helped to facilitate and deliver a 'Daring deeds and heroic histories' session for a local primary school using the handling objects and resources that the museum has.
Jane Cotton - Tutor from Bay House School, 'Thank you so much Gareth, Dan and all the volunteers and staff for making takeover day so good’, ‘What a brilliant day at the museum, so proud of Bay House sixth formers and pupils from Siskin Juniors were so enthusiastic!’.
Louise North - Tutor from Bay House School:
I’ve just seen all the students and they absolutely loved yesterday! They really enjoyed it and I’ve enjoyed hearing all about it.Thank you so much for letting us work with you on this, and hopefully we can arrange something again with you when we have our ‘Donate a Day’ in the summer'.
Dads Club: in partnership with Hampshire Learning for fathers and children worked with an animator to create their own submarine inspired animation during sessions here at the museum based on the central theme of 'A journey under the sea'. Special visits by Blue Reef Aquarium, and visited Gosport's Diving Museum at Stokes Bay, going on a seashore safari with Stubbington Study Centre and hiding with a guide at Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve.
To see the animation click here: http://youtu.be/RJm6d-9efv0
Our Street, Our Submarine
To celebrate Gosport’s rich submarine heritage, we have worked with year 2 pupils from Rowner Infant school and Year 3 from Siskin Junior School. Funded by Hampshire Learning the pupils created with the help of community based artist Jacquie Rolls to create their own Victoria Cross medals and their own medals.
With pupils from Siskin Junior school the artist worked with a Year 3 class to create shadow puppets to tell the story of James Magennis who was awarded the Victoria Cross whilst serving on HMS X-E3 similar to X-24 which is on display at the museum.
The learning team visited the schools prior to the artist working with the classes and got each class to role play the lives of the crew on board with some objects from the museum’s collection. They also had the opportunity to look at replica Victoria Crosses.
As part of a roadshow event that was held at the Nimrod Community Centre we worked with other local museums and learning providers to celebrate Gosport’s rich heritage on land and beneath the waves. Local museums such as the Diving museum, Fort Nelson, 17th Century Village, 2nd Gosport Scouts and St Vincent College Out There project attended the day.
On display at the event were over 150 submarine inspired Jolly Rogers created by pupils from Rowner Infant school.
‘A great history project linked to the submariners who were awarded the Victoria Cross medal during the second world war. The children were enthralled by Daniel the education officer introducing them to the story of the James Magennis, asking them to join in and act out the story. The children then went on to create their own Victoria Cross and invent their own medal’.
‘The children were so interested in the story and loved creating their own puppets to help them to tell their own story. They were also very interested in the fact that many of the roads in their area are named after Victoria Cross winners’ – Jacquie Rolls.
Really enjoyed the time I spent with ‘Our Street’ project. I learnt a lot and it was nice to get a bit ‘arty’ for an hour’.Thank you’. Karen Jacobs (Crossley Centre user)
‘Myself, Alice 3 and 1/2 yrs old and Lucy 1 yrs old enjoyed being creative together and learning about ‘Our Street Project’. Thank you’. Lisa, Alice and Lucy
The museum was awarded funding from Hampshire Learning to carry out the project. We would like to thank Rowner Infant school, Siskin Junior School, Gomer Infants School and Forces Families Club group at the Royal Navy Crossley Community Resource Centre, Rowner.
St Vincent College Film and TV production 'Come dine at Sea
Film and TV production students have been making their own submarine inspired film at the museum as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project to save HMS Alliance. They have devised, written and made the film which is entitled ‘Come dine with me at Sea’ based on the dishes that were served whilst at sea. The group has also made their own version of the ‘nasty pasty’ as featured in the Horrible Science of Submarines exhibition and held a ‘Cook off ‘ event where their version of Pot mess was made in front of visiting public aided by Kevin Mecham – head chef at the Angelsey Hotel, Alverstoke.The film will then be shown at the museum and on the website and social media.
Media teacher Rob Hind said, " This was a terrific project for St Vincent students to get involved in. While we try to mimic real industry practice in the classroom, nothing beats getting out into the real world and organising a shoot in a public place like the museum was a real challenge for the students. They worked really hard and I'm very impressed with what they've been able to achieve as they had to work around members of the public as well as some noisy conditions that made recording sound very tricky."
To see the completed 'Come dine at sea' film click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGpxF1w2YEQ
.Uniform Day: in partnership with local scout, guide, brownie, cadet groups to showcase and celebrate their achievements was held on the 1st June 2013 . This is also explored where HMS Alliance stopped at around the world at different destinations.80 young people took part.
Cooking with Care Leavers: in partnership with The Organic Cookery School we will be running a series of 3 sessions for care leavers about to leave the care system based on them cooking their own meals and learning about food served on board HMS Alliance.
For more details on any of these projects or If you have a project that we could be involved in please contact the Community and Outreach officer.
Community Projects 2011- 2012:
During the first year of the HMS Alliance project we have undertaken various projects to widen access and engage the local community with the saving HMS Alliance project, these included:
Gosport Stars Showcase 2012
9 groups from around Gosport took part in a fun filled, action packed day promoting their groups and also engaging with their submarine history. Each group celebrated the links between the Royal Navy Submarine Service and HM the Queen as part of their Diamond Jubilee badge work.
2nd Gosport Scouts, 2nd Bridgemary Guides, 5th Gosport Scouts, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadets, St John Ambulance Badger's all took part in a mini-exhbition entitled 6 decades, 6 submarines.
Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue took part along with Goshawks Gymnastics. A similar event is planned for summer 2013.
5th Gosport Scouts constructed a tower throughout the day
Some of the work that each contributed to for the mini-exhbition '6 Decades, 6 Submarines'.
1980's submarines as recreated by St John Ambulance badger's group
2nd Gosport Scouts chose the 1950s to research and draw their own submarines.
Loud & Proud Top 10 list
The Loud & Proud young person's volunteering group visited the museum and have devised their own top 10 list of things to see and do at the museum including its attractions and faciltities.
Their list will be posted on the website as well as on social media including facebook for other young people to comment and rate on what they consider to be the top 10 things to see and do at the RN Submarine Museum.
Loud and Proud visited in June 2012 and decided on a number themes for their top 10:
10 - Old Photographs
9 - Gift Shop
8 - Sound Effects
7 - Fun Days
'It is a fun day out for families which will be filled with fun and knowledge'
6 - Food and refreshments in the Cafe
5 - Stories behind the artefacts
4 - Friendly staff
3 - The Science gallery
2 - HMS Alliance
1 - Cafe
To view the photo's and to comment on what you think should be in your ultimate top 10 things at the museum visit the flickr group on: http://www.flickr.com/groups/rnsmcommunityprojects/pool/with/7176822369/#photo_7176822369
For more information about Loud & Proud please visit the group's facebook page at:
Bay House Sixth Formers Donate a Day:
Young people from Bay House School visited the museum to 'Donate a Day'. They spent a day on site to help with gardening tasks around the old gift shop area with the help of the Give, Gain and Grow volunteering group. This day was organised by the Museum's Volunteering Manager and Give, Gain and Grow's Co-ordinator. For more information about Give, Gain and Grow, visit their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/givegaingrow.gvaprojects?sk=wall
Give, Gain and Grow - Create their own Jolly Roger!
Give, Gain and Grow group from Gosport Voluntary Action visited the Museum earlier this year, and were inspired by some of the objects in the museum's galleries and collections. They were so impressed by the objects the museum has that they decided to create their own Jolly Roger based on the ones displayed in the Museum.
Group members decided on which symbols they would have on their flag and then worked as a group to come up with the final design.
On the right hand side you can see a picture of the group with their completed Jolly Roger:
Gosport Youth Council:
10 members of Gosport Youth Council visited the museum and looked at the range of things for people to see and do and will be devising their own top 10 list.
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