Mike and Jo had been collecting naval curios for over 25 years when they realised that their extensive collection had outgrown their home and needed to be displayed in a manner better suited to encourage visitors. In 2004 they erected the first building in the grounds of their home, followed by a second building in 2009.
They now welcome a steady stream of visitors, in both summer and winter. Many are former sailors, Members of the Royal Naval Association and ship associations, combining a nostalgic expedition with the hospitality of the nearby Partridge pub.
The museum also attracts young people from local Sea Cadet units and schools and has been used for fund-raising events, including the Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes.
The museum also hosts visits from Serving Personnel based at nearby air stations. Some have kindly helped by undertaking maintenance tasks on the fabric of the buildings.
Mike and his volunteers are pleased to act as Guides to the museum to explain the significance of key exhibits and share their memories of service at sea.
The museum has been used as an attractive backdrop for family occasions including Significant Birthdays and Wedding Anniversaries and also as a productive venue for fundraising for the Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes.
Click on the images in the Gallery below to see larger pictures, with captions, as a Slide Show.