Community Projects

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Project to restore HMS Alliance we worked with a wide range of groups in the local community. This project has been completed now but you can see some examples below of the type of activities it involved. We would like to thank all those who partcipated and we hope you found it as rewarding to be a part of such a very successful community project as we did. 

'Alliance of Poetry'

HRH Duke of Cambridge awarding the winner and runner up at the rededication of HMS Alliance - 12th May 2014



Year 7 students (aged 12 years old)  from Brune Park School in Gosport worked with Poet Simon Mole to create their own works inspired by HMS Alliance. They toured the submarine with a submariner guide and used his stories and the submarine’s surroundings as inspiration for their poems. The project also involved students from St Vincent’s Media department who filmed a documentary about the whole creative process. This documentary will be used a learning resource for teachers to gain an insight into how HMS Alliance can be used as a focus for creative writing.

 The winner Allegria Tracey peformed her piece to an invited audience including HRH Duke of Cambridge and over 200 invited guests.Please see below her winning poem entitled 'Where is Home?'

Where is Home


 See below the runners up poems


HMS Alliance poem  'Inspired' Poem by Tivoli Thompson     HMS Alliance poem by Felicity Gille

The winner and runners up were presented to HRH Duke of Cambridge in front of an invited auidence at the offical rededication service for HMS Alliance on 12th May 2014.

"Working with HMS Alliance was a real pleasure. It not only  gave our students an insight into life aboard a submarine, it gave them a chance to experience the sights, sounds and smells that later became the  inspiration for many poems.

 The HMS Alliance team arranged a qualified poet to work along side our students, which was fantastic. A thoroughly enjoyable day all round with some outstanding poems being produced. And if that wasn't enough, the winners and the runner up were invited back to the museum to read aloud their poems to Prince William. A very proud moment for students, parents and staff.

A fantastic experience. Much appreciated."

Mikaela Milne

Lead Practitioner - Brune Park Community School


'Message for HMS Alliance'

We are inviting local residents and schools to write a message for HMS Alliance, these messages will be displayed along each side of the main walkway from the museum entrance to HMS Alliance herself as part of the offical re-opening event in April. Please find below a message template if you would like to take part.

Sea Urchins Club:

We continue to build relationships with audiences and are running our Sea Urchins club for parents and toddlers. This fun club runs on Monday mornings between 10am-11.30am in Busy Boats Bay. The sessions comprise of rhymes, stories and music and craft activity and time in Busy Boats Bay. Sessions cost £2.50 per family, refreshments are provided.  

Cook with Dad:

In partnership with The Organic Cookery School we will be running sessions for fathers and children to learn all about wartime cooking inspired by HMS X-24 a second world war midget submarine. These sessions will be running on Saturday mornings on selected dates during May.  

'Dolphin Dits' intergenerational project

To continue the relationship we have with local knitters we are working with local knitters and local schools to knit our very own pod of Dolphins and submarine fleet. As part of the project we will be working with local schools during National Story telling (3rd - 7th February) week to create stories and characters for the dolphins and submarines that have been knitted.

We have carried out outreach workshops in local schools using the museum's collection of handling objects to tell stories about different submarines and will be inviting older residents of Gosport to share their experiences of living in Gosport during World War two. Each submarine and Dolphin will have its own character and story, along with passport which will then be displayed in the Learning Centre at the end of May 2014.

We are working with 4 local schools including classes from Year 2 at Elson Infant school, Gomer Infants, St John's Primary and Year 3 and Year 4 at Woodcot Primary School.

We are we working with these same groups to knit dolphins and submarines which will hang from the scarf.  As the dolphin is the symbol of the submarine service we thought that this would be very appropriate. Please click on the links below to download a copy of the knitting patterns groups are using for the project.

Dolphin pattern

Submarine pattern

knitted sub   Dolphin with submarine


Scarf for a submarine:

Bridgemary library knitters  scarf for HMS Alliance

Working with 40 local groups and indivudals from Gosport, Fareham and the local area we have created a giant scarf for HMS Alliance. Local knitting enthusiasts from groups ranging from local knitting circles, Women’s Institute’s, sheltered housing schemes, library knit and natter groups 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 held a special celebratiory event for all of those knitters to see the actual scarf around the submarine. The scarf was so big that we were able to decorate the main museum building, X-24 and Holland I. In the new year the scarf will be displayed in the Learning Centre and Busy Boats Bay for the public to see.

A celebration event was held at the museum for everyone who had taken part to see the culmination of their hard efforts. It was also featured on BBC South Today - 

The project also featured in Portsmouth News: 

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:

 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.

An exhbition of all of the artwork produced by familes, adults and children from the local area and was displayed  at Gosport Discovery Centre. It toured local libraries including Elson and Bridgemary Libraries.

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:

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.